Perceptions on efficacy and side effects of conventional depot antipsychotics (CDA) and atypical depot antipsychotics (ADA): Psychiatrists versus patients in Hong Kong

Wing Hong Hector Tsang, Mandy W.M. Fong, Kelvin M.T. Fung, Raymond C.K. Chung

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Objectives. We compared the satisfaction level of psychiatrists and psychiatric patients towards conventional (CDA) and atypical (ADA) depot antipsychotics on symptom management, role functioning, and side effects. Method. Patients from an out-patient clinic of a public hospital and psychiatrists from public hospitals participated in the survey in 20072008. A total of 153 patients were interviewed by a tailor-made questionnaire and 72 psychiatrists self-administered a similar questionnaire. Results. Both groups shared similar attitudes towards clinical effectiveness and treatment efficacy of ADA and CDA. More patients were ambivalent towards relapse prevention of CDA than psychiatrists (30.7 vs. 16.7, P<0.044) and three quarters of psychiatrists believed that ADA are associated with less side effects. More than half of the patients showed negative attitudes towards the effectiveness of CDA on improving quality of life (52.40), work (57.50), and recreation (55.50). Psychiatrists were more aware of the limitation of CDA and severity of side effects of CDA. They did not, however, seem to incorporate patients' opinions and research findings into their clinical practice. Conclusion. Evidence-based practice and shared decision-making model between clinicians and mental patients should be advocated. More investigations should be devoted to examine the efficacy of ADA as the alternative to CDA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2010


  • Antipsychotics (ADA)
  • Conventional depot antipsychotics
  • Functional performance
  • Side effects
  • Treatment efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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