Hans Rittmannsberger

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OBJECTIVE Nonadherence to antipsychotic regimens is considered to be one of the main reasons for hospital readmission. This study assessed the extent of nonadherence in the month before inpatient treatment. METHODS Ninety-five consecutive patients with an ICD-10 diagnosis of a psychotic disorder (F20) were surveyed about adherence at admission to(More)
This paper presents data obtained in a one-day census investigation in five European countries (Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia). The census forms were filled in for 4191 psychiatric inpatients. Concerning legal status, 11.2% were hospitalised against their will (committed) and 21.4% were treated in a ward with locked doors. There was only a(More)
There are very few reports about asterixis as a side effect of treatment with psychopharmacologic agents. In this report we present four patients treated with a combination of different psychotropic drugs, in whom asterixis was triggered either by adding carbamazepine (CBZ) to a treatment regimen, or by increasing its dosage. Neither dosage nor serum levels(More)
In recent years, carbamazepine has increasingly also been used in psychiatric indications. However, the manifold action of this drug also manifests itself in a number of adverse effects. In a prospective study including 46 patients, who were given carbamazepine for psychiatric indications and most of whom were also treated with one or several other(More)
Asterixis (flapping tremor) can be induced by treatment with psychopharmacologic agents. We observed 10 cases of asterixis in psychiatric inpatients, most with affective spectrum disorders being treated with combination therapy. The drugs most often used were clozapine (eight cases), lithium (seven cases), and carbamazepine (seven cases). There were neither(More)
There are great variations in the way psychotropic drugs are prescribed. Most experts are in favour of psychopharmacological monotherapy, but little is known about the extent to which it is actually practised. A survey of the psychopharmacological medication of all patients under treatment was carried out in three Austrian psychiatric clinics of various(More)
In healthy subjects, 2 EMG responses of the thenar muscles can be distinguished, elicited by electrical stimulation of the median nerve during an isometric contraction: an early spinal response (M1) and a long latency response (LLR) (M2); earlier studies have shown that in patients with Huntington's chorea (HC) this late EMG response is missing. LLR were(More)
BACKGROUND Music therapy (MT) has been shown to be efficacious for mental health care clients with various disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. Referral to MT in clinical practice is often based on other factors than diagnosis. We aimed to examine the effectiveness of resource-oriented MT for mental health care clients with low(More)
A post hoc analysis of the SPECTRUM trial was carried out to evaluate whether the improvements in efficacy and tolerability gained on switching to quetiapine occurred consistently for patients previously treated with either: haloperidol (n = 43); olanzapine (n = 66); or risperidone (n = 55) monotherapy. Patients were initiated with quetiapine to 400 mg/day(More)
OBJECTIVE For the purpose of service planning, an instrument was developed for the systematic assessment of interventions needed by the caregivers of schizophrenia patients. METHOD The development of this instrument was based on in-depth interviews and focus groups. It consists of 18 areas describing common problems of schizophrenia caregivers. For each(More)