The effect of institutional fiscal stress on the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in the treatment of schizophrenia.

@article{Leslie2001TheEO,
  title={The effect of institutional fiscal stress on the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in the treatment of schizophrenia.},
  author={Douglass L Leslie and Robert A. Rosenheck},
  journal={The Journal of nervous and mental disease},
  year={2001},
  volume={189 6},
  pages={377-83}
}
This paper examines the effects of medical center budget stress on the use of expensive atypical antipsychotic medications for the treatment of schizophrenia in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA prescription drug records were collected for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Generalized estimation equations were used to identify patient and facility characteristics (especially fiscal stress) that are associated with the use of atypical antipsychotics. Of the 34,925 patients in the… CONTINUE READING