Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital

Thomas N. Wise, Lee S. Mann, Niru Jani, Ethan B. Kass, Shannon Goldwater, Kenneth Sonnenschein

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This study investigates the clinical use of haloperidol within a general hospital. Patients who were prescribed haloperidol were often elderly, seriously ill, and stayed in the hospital longer than average. Only 23% received a psychiatric consultation. Of the patients under study, 80% were prescribed haloperidol on a PRN basis. The most common reason for neuroleptic treatment was to symptomatically manage severe agitation. Organic mental syndromes were rarely documented. Mental status exams were generally absent; the neuroleptic's effect was often omitted, and its use was rarely noted in the discharge summary. It is recommended that more education regarding the use of neuroleptic medication is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-371
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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