Top 5 Psychiatry Articles Discussed on PEF

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This is our last post for 2020: this post will summarize the top 5 viewed psychiatry articles discussed on the psychiatry education forum’s journal club:

-TOP 5 PSYCHIATRY ARTICLES-

DISCUSSED ON PSYCHIATRY EDUCATION FORUM IN 2020

(1) PSYCHOTROPICS ADVERSE EVENTS MANAGEMENT:

Adjunctive Metformin for Antipsychotic-Induced Dyslipidemia

Article: Transl Psychiatry. 2020 Apr 23;10(1):117.

  • Adjunctive metformin was significantly superior to placebo with regards to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol, triglyceride, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

(2) GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY:

Association of Benzodiazepines & Z-Drugs with Subsequent Dementia

Article: Am J Psychiatry . 2020 Jun 1;177(6):497-505.

  • This large cohort study did not reveal associations between the use of benzodiazepines or Z-drugs and subsequent dementia, even when exposures were cumulated or divided into long- and short-acting drugs.

(3) PTSD VS COMPLEX PTSD:

International Trauma Questionnaire (ITQ) for PTSD Assessment

Article: Br J Psychiatry. 2020;216(3):132‐137.

  • The International Trauma Questionnaire can adequately distinguish between PTSD and CPTSD within clinical samples of veterans.

(4) MAJOR DEPRESSION DISORDER:

ISNPR Practice Guidelines for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Article: Psychother Psychosom. 2019;88(5):263-273.

  • The subcommittee of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research organized an expert panel and conducted a literature review and a Delphi process to develop a consensus-based practice guideline for clinical use of n-3 PUFAs in MDD. The guideline focuses on 5 thematic areas: general concepts, acute treatment strategy, depression recurrence monitoring and prevention, use in special populations, and potential safety issues. 

(5) SCHIZOPHRENIA & RELATED PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS:

Comparing 32 Oral Antipsychotics for Acute Multi-Episode Schizophrenia Treatment

Article: Lancet. 2019;394(10202):939-951.

  • There are some efficacy differences between antipsychotics, but most of them are gradual rather than discrete. Differences in side-effects are more marked. These findings will aid clinicians in balancing risks versus benefits of those drugs available in their countries.

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