Differences in Prescribing Patterns of Psychotropic Medication for Children and Adolescents between Rural and Urban Prescribers

Date
10/2009
Description

Reports that prescriptions of all psychotropic drug categories increased significantly for both urban and rural populations over the 10-year period of the study. Urban youth were far more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications by psychiatrists as opposed to generalists or other prescribers. In contrast, rural youth were far more likely to have psychotropics prescribed by generalists or other prescribers.

Center
WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Authors
Scott Adams, Stan Xu, Fran Dong