Background: Effective emergency intervention for acute schizophrenia is of great concern to psychiatrists. To investigate whether differences in attitudes toward pharmacotherapy exist in the emergency setting, we surveyed two regions of Japan. Methods: The subjects were 100 psychiatrists. The clinical experience of all subjects was not more than 15 years. A questionnaire with a case vignette was sent to them and returned anonymously. Thirty-five out of 42 subjects in Hokkaido and 30 out of 58 subjects in Fukuoka responded. Results: We found a difference in the preferred route of administration of haloperidol, the agent chosen by 46.2% of the respondents. Most psychiatrists in Hokkaido preferred intravenous administration, but none of the Fukuoka psychiatrists chose this route preferring intramuscular administration. The mean dose of haloperidol was significantly higher in Hokkaido (7.29 ± 2.5 mg) compared to that in Fukuoka (5.56 ± 1.7 mg). Conclusion: The difference in preferred route of administration and dose of haloperidol probably reflects the content of training at each hospital and suggests that early training determines the subsequent clinical custom of each psychiatrist.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Psychiatry and Mental health