Description: This guide to antipsychotic medications examines their use for different groups of disorders as well as in three separate, special classes of patients: children/adolescents, the elderly, and the medically ill.
Purpose: It is an evidence-based guide to antipsychotic medications that includes FDA-approved and off-label uses, examining both first- and second-generation antipsychotics along with the evidence that supports or does not support their use.
Audience: This will be useful for psychiatrists, family and general practitioners, internists, neurologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and advanced students.
Features: Each chapter includes key clinical points for the various subcategories of each disorder group, with easy to read tables and bulleted summaries as well as helpful narratives. Nine appendixes provide clinically useful information in tables that are easy to read and easy to reference.
Assessment: This is a good, practical, evidence-based clinical approach to the use of antipsychotic medications for a variety of disorders and in special populations. The pages are of high quality paper that resists tearing and makes annotation easy. The tables and bullet-point summaries are very useful in comprehending the material. I appreciated the appendixes, which are a useful review of some key core points in the usage of antipsychotics. This is a good evidence-based guide that any clinician can pick up and use - and it is reasonably priced.