International guide to prescribing psychotropic medication for the management of problem behaviours in adults with intellectual disabilities

Shoumitro Deb, Henry Kwok, Marco Bertelli, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Elspeth Bradley, Jennifer Torr, Jarret Barnhill

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Abstract

Psychotropic medications are used regularly to manage problem behaviours among people with intellectual disabilities. This causes concern because often these medications are used out of their licensed indications in this context. The WPA Section on Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability has recently developed an evidence and consensus-based international guide for practitioners for the use of psychotropic medications for problem behaviours among adults with intellectual disabilities. This guide advises on assessment of behaviours, producing a formulation, initiation of treatment, assessment of outcome and adverse effects, follow-up arrangements, and possibility of discontinuation of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Psychiatry
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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