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A prospective 6-month analysis of the naturalistic use of aripiprazole – factors predicting favourable outcome

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Taylor D, Atkinson J, Fischetti C, Sparshatt A, Jones S. A prospective 6-month analysis of the naturalistic use of aripiprazole – factors predicting favourable outcome. Objective: 

To evaluate the effectiveness of aripiprazole in clinical practice. Method: 

Prospective follow-up of patients consecutively prescribed aripiprazole in an acute mental health unit. Retrospective analysis of outcome from casenotes. Results: 

Data were available on 228 patients. Fifty-one per cent discontinued aripiprazole over 6-month follow-up. Continuation with treatment was more likely in out-patients [relative risk (RR) 1.50; 95% CI: 1.13–2.00], those never before considered for clozapine treatment (RR 1.61, 95% CI: 1.06–2.44) and older patients [RR 1.05, 95% CI: 1.01–1.09 (per 5-year increase)]. The main reason for early discontinuation was the occurrence of minor adverse effects. Conclusion: 

Aripiprazole is effective in practice. Outcome is likely to be improved by careful patient selection and by attending to adverse effects experienced early in treatment.
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Keywords: adverse effects; aripiprazole; effectiveness

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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