Research reveals need for more medical monitoring

Posted by pt91 at Aug 10, 2011 04:55 PM |
Patients treated with antipsychotic medication are at a high risk of metabolic problems yet are not offered regular monitoring, according to a University of Leicester study.

Some estimate that 90% of patients treated with antipsychotic medication have at least one metabolic risk factor. Given this, there are strong reasons why patients under psychiatric care should be offered regular monitoring.

Dr Alex Mitchell from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine worked with colleagues in Kortenberg, Belgium and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York for the research.

They reviewed 48 studies (involving almost 300,000 individuals) conducted between 2000-2011 in five countries. Published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the study found that only blood pressure and triglycerides were measured in more than half of patients who were under psychiatric care. Cholesterol, glucose and weight checks were offered to less than half.