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Development of user-friendly consumer and health professional resources for the antipsychotic clozapine: a New Zealand example
  1. Nicola J Holmes1,
  2. S Wayne Miles2,3,
  3. Amanda J Wheeler4,5
  1. 1Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand
  3. 3Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  4. 4Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  5. 5Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Professor Amanda Wheeler, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane 4131, Australia; a.wheeler{at}griffith.edu.au

Abstract

The antipsychotic clozapine has been shown to have superior efficacy to most other treatments for psychosis, especially where treatment-resistant schizophrenia has been diagnosed. Like all medications, clozapine has a number of well-recognised adverse effects, some of which can be fatal. Evidence also suggests that those for whom clozapine is the most suitable treatment option do not receive it because the doctor or health system views the risks as too great to prescribe. The provision of guidelines including innovative consumer and general practitioner resources regarding the ways to most safely monitor and manage people who are exposed to clozapine has the potential to increase the safe use of the product and also to provide potential prescribers with more confidence in using it. This paper outlines both the process for development and the final package produced by a large metropolitan District Health Board service in Auckland, New Zealand. This material was aimed at non-specialist prescribers as well as consumers and their family/carers and other supports.

  • Psychiatry
  • Accessible
  • Affordable
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