Psychotropic Medication Management Within Residential Treatment Centers: Physician Opinions About Difficulties and Barriers

Annette K. Griffith, Michael H. Epstein, Jonathan C. Huefner

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Research has shown that between 40 and 98 % of youth entering residential treatment are taking at least one psychotropic medication and that psychotropic medication management is often an integral component of treatment in residential settings. To determine physician opinion about the difficulty of managing psychotropic medications for youth in residential treatment and to determine the resources that are used in the process, a survey study was conducted. Overall, physicians indicated that youth involved in residential settings were much more complex than those in traditional outpatient settings, due to multiple mental health diagnoses, polypharmacy, and unknown treatment histories. They also reported that many existing resources are not applicable to youth, particularly those in residential settings, and that they are difficult to read and interpret.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-751
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2014



  • Adolescent
  • Medication
  • Psychotropic medication
  • Residential treatment
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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