Study says only 5 percent of mental health patients receive objective test

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Decision Calculus Associates, a research and survey firm, has released a new study commissioned by CNS Response, a clinical decision support company, which shows that only about 5 percent of patients with depression prescriptions have received an objective test.

At the same time, 96 percent of patients surveyed expected that their physician had done an objective physical test before prescribing those psychotropic medications.

"The dominant method of treatment today is trial & error, that's one of the reasons Psychiatric treatments fail more than they succeed," said George Carpenter, CEO of CNS Response. "Doctors use objective information about how your brain might respond to different medications because it's better medicine, and their patients are asking for it."

Most patients, the surveys showed, felt that their doctor was using trial-end-error guesswork in prescribing medications that worked.

More survey results are available at CNS Response.

 
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