Pediatric Psychopharmacology for Primary Care

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by American Academy of Pediatrics
Confidently prescribe, monitor, and manage medications for childhood mental health disorders.

This game-changing resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) arms you with a unique strategic approach – plus practice-tested, condition-specific treatment recommendations.

Evidence-based conceptual framework
A clear, straightforward methodology – based on current research and clinical experience – defines discrete levels of psychotropic agents and spells out level-specific roles and responsibilities.

Group 1:Medications FDA-approved for youth for ADHD, anxiety, and depression – disorders for which pediatric primary care providers commonly initiate treatment and assume prescribing and monitoring responsibilities.
Administration and management information for each drug agent includes:

  • Rationale for use
  • Evidence supporting efficacy and safety
  • Initial dosing and subsequent adjustments
  • Measuring therapeutic success
  • When to consult or refer

Group 2: Medications FDA-approved for youth, typically prescribed by specialists but often monitored in the primary care setting:  antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleep aids. To support primary care clinician’s collaborative role, usage rationales, efficacy data, and adverse effect profiles are specified for all of these agents.

Group 3: Medications not FDA-approved for youth that primary care clinicians will likely encounter. To support primary care clinician’s collaborative role, efficacy data and adverse effect profiles are specified for these agents.

Proven, practice-focused guidance
Hands-on help spanning the therapeutic process:

  • Assessing for common disorders
  • Assessing for psychiatric comorbidities
  • Identifying medication needs
  • Informed consent
  • Monitoring patient progress
  • Managing side effects
  • Managing multiple medications
  • Stopping or changing medications

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581102758
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 225

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