Ataru Inagaki

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Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been employed for treating depression for more than 60 years, its mechanisms of action are yet unknown. To clarify the ECT effects on brain function, we examined cerebral blood flow (CBF) using single photon emission computed tomography at 3 time points--few days before an ECT course (Pre) and approximately 5(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Pharmacological treatment of schizophrenic patients in Japan is characterized by polypharmacy with high doses of antipsychotics. In this study, we examined the profiles of antipsychotic drug therapy in 2007 and 2009 to determine if there have been any recent shifts in treatment strategy. METHOD The subjects were schizophrenic(More)
Psychotropic dose equivalence is an important concept when estimating the approximate psychotropic doses patients receive, and deciding on the approximate titration dose when switching from one psychotropic agent to another. It is also useful from a research viewpoint when defining and extracting specific subgroups of subjects. Unification of various agents(More)
OBJECTIVES The relationship between age and prescribed antipsychotic dose in patients with schizophrenia has been examined by assuming only a linear correlation in two age subgroups at most. The age of illness onset has also not been under adequate consideration in past prescription surveys. The objective of this study was to better evaluate these age(More)
Diazepam is one of the most widely used, broad-spectrum anti-anxiety agents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of diazepam, and to establish whether it is more effective than a placebo in improving the various neurotic anxiety states seen in patients with neurosis or psychosomatic disease. Of the recently established comprehensive register(More)
INTRODUCTION Schizophrenia is a disorder that produces considerable burdens due to its often relapsing/remitting or chronic longitudinal course. This burden is felt not only by patients themselves, but also by their families and health care systems. Although the societal burden caused by this disorder has been evaluated in several countries, the magnitude(More)
BACKGROUND In the current Japanese payment system for the treatment of psychiatric inpatients, the length of hospital stay and nurse staffing levels are key determinants of the amount of payment. These factors do not fully reflect the costs of care for each patient. The objective of this study was to clarify the relationship between patient characteristics(More)
OBJECTIVE Various guidelines recommend that the risks of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and lithium intoxication should be appropriately managed by regular monitoring of blood sugar and serum lipid levels in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics, and regular monitoring of serum lithium concentrations in patients treated with lithium carbonate.(More)