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.
- Aged, 80 and over
- Antipsychotic Agents/therapeutic use
- Middle Aged
- Piperazines/therapeutic use
- Prospective Studies
- Quinolones/therapeutic use
- Retrospective Studies
- Time Factors