Ethics and the prescription pad
ABSTRACT This article reviews the considerations that inform ethical psychotropic medication prescription processes at the clinical level with child and adolescent patients and their families or guardians. Physician attributes, cultural and religious factors, and the psychodynamic aspects of psychopharmacology are reviewed, in addition to the applications of basic ethical principles and concepts to the act of dispensing psychotropic medications. Attention is given to the processes of informed consent, assent, and challenges encountered to ethical prescribing for special populations such as children in foster care and juvenile justice systems. Ramifications of black box warnings and off label prescribing are discussed. Finally, the authors offer practical tips to guide clinicians in ethical psychopharmacologic management of their child and adolescent patients.
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ABSTRACT: This tutorial addresses the following questions:¿ why do formal verification?¿ who is doing it today?¿ what are they doing?¿ how are they doing it?¿ what about the future?
Value in Health 11/2007; 10(6). DOI:10.1016/S1098-3015(10)65487-3 · 2.89 Impact Factor