P.R.N. (As-needed) orders and exposure of psychiatric inpatients to unnecessary psychotropic medications.

@article{Thapa2003PRNO,
  title={P.R.N. (As-needed) orders and exposure of psychiatric inpatients to unnecessary psychotropic medications.},
  author={Purushottam B. Thapa and Shanna L Palmer and Richard R. Owen and Andrea L Huntley and James A Clardy and Laurence H Miller},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={2003},
  volume={54 9},
  pages={1282-6}
}
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate whether the practice of writing standing p.r.n. (as-needed) orders exposes psychiatric inpatients to unnecessary psychotropic medications. METHODS Medical records for 223 new hospital admissions between July 15 and October 15, 1999, when p.r.n. orders were allowed, and 224 new admissions between November 15, 1999, and February 15, 2000, when p.r.n. orders were not allowed and only "now" orders were permitted, were reviewed from the three… CONTINUE READING