Objectives: Although the number of patients admitted for psychiatric emergency care is increasing according to data from various countries, there are no large-scale studies assessing clinical emergency practice and in several countries no national guidelines have been published concerning emergency care in psychiatry. The aim of our study was to assess practice related to emergency care of agitated-psychotic patients in Hungary. Methods: Anonymous survey questionnaire with questions related to care of an agitated patient showing psychotic symptoms was dispatched to 210 institutions providing psychiatric care in Hungary in 2013. Results: The overwhelming majority of the 155 participating clinicians would use haloperidol (92.9%) and benzodiazepines (81.3%), 74.8% in a dual combination. 18.7% would apply monotherapy and 5.2% a triple combination of medications. 59.4% would use i.v. and 23.9% i.m. therapy, and 9% would apply the combination of these two. In case of failure of first-line therapy, 76.8% of participants would repeat the previous medication. Conclusions: The aim of our study was to assess emergency interventions in psychiatry focusing on different psychopharmacological approaches. Our results provide a cross-sectional view on current practice in Hungary, and therefore may contribute to outlining practice-coherent guidelines and also provide the opportunity for a comparison with international trends.
|Translated title of the contribution||Emergency psychopharmacotherapy in Hungary - Preliminary data|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
- Clinical Neurology