A systematic review of psychotropic drug prescribing for prisoners

Griffiths, Elise V., Willis, Jon and Spark, M. Joy (2012) A systematic review of psychotropic drug prescribing for prisoners. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 5: 407-421. doi:10.1177/0004867411433893


Author Griffiths, Elise V.
Willis, Jon
Spark, M. Joy
Title A systematic review of psychotropic drug prescribing for prisoners
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/0004867411433893
Volume 46
Issue 5
Start page 407
End page 421
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective: To conduct a review of the literature on prescribing psychotropic drugs for prisoners.
Methods: Articles were retrieved from nine databases, reference lists, citations, governmental prison websites, and contact with authors. The articles included were written in English, focused on adults’ time as prisoners, included at least one drug of interest, and discussed prescribing. Thirty-two articles met these inclusion criteria.
Results: Five main themes were identified from the reviewed studies: polypharmacy, high-dose therapy, duration of treatment, documentation and monitoring, and issues associated with the prisoners’ environment.
Conclusions: Consideration of these themes within the included studies identified areas for future research, particularly models of good practice, as numerous descriptions of poor practice exist. Policy-makers and prescribers should review current systems and practices, to ensure the care being offered to prisoners is optimal.
Keyword Psychotropic drugs
Forensic medicine
Forensic psychiatry
Physician's practice patterns
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit Publications
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