The pioneers of modern psychopharmacology prided themselves on the empirical nature of their work, and the rigor of their clinical data. Evidence-based medicine emphasizes the importance of searching for relevant studies and making decisions in the light of the data, and therefore has immediate appeal for psychopharmacology. This volume attempts to summarize recent advances in evidence-based medication treatment of psychiatric disorders. Clinical decisions are only as good as the existing evidence, and critics have rightly pointed out the necessity for good clinical judgment and for further research when the data is poor. Nevertheless, there has been a steady growth in methods for systematically reviewing the literature, assessing the clinical trials database, and optimizing clinical decision-making, as well as an ongoing expansion of the evidence-base. We therefore felt that it was timely to update our previous collection of evidence-based chapters on psychopharmacology.
|Title of host publication||Essential Evidence-Based Psychopharmacology, Second Edition|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2012|