Evidence Based Pharmacological Treatment

There is marked variation in pharmacological treatment practices in schizophrenia, and it is also clear that the "usual treatment" generally falls far short of the best possible (Geddes and Harrison, 1997; Lehman and Steinwachs, 1998). Despite the publication of several treatment guidelines, efforts to promote evidence-based best possible pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia have hitherto been unsuccessful (Mellman et al., 2001). Critics of pharmacological treatment algorithms for schizophrenia suggest that existing algorithms are not empirically based and/or clinically applicable and relevant; furthermore, it is suggested that these treatment guidelines go much beyond existing data, thereby reducing their clinical utility (Slade and Priebe, 2001; Tandon et al., 2001).

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