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CriticalThinkRx May Reduce Psychiatric Prescribing to Foster Youth

Title: CriticalThinkRx May Reduce Psychiatric Prescribing to Foster Youth: Results From an Intervention Trial.
Name(s): Cohen, David, author
Lacasse, Jeffrey R., author
Duan, Rui, author
Senglemann, Inge, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives: To test the potential impact of a critical curriculum on psychiatric medications designed for child welfare workers. Method: In a quasiexperimental, longitudinal study, the monthly proportion of medicated foster children and the average number of prescriptions per medicated child at Agency 1 (669 clients) exposed to the CriticalThinkRx curriculum were compared to Agencies 2—9 (3,346 clients) in the same two-county service network. Data were collected during 6 months of preintervention, 1 month of intervention, and 9 months of postintervention. Practitioners were not informed of data collection. Results: During postintervention months 1—8, the proportion of medicated children declined from 17.5% to 11.0% at Agency 1, while the mean proportion rose slightly at Agencies 2—9, statistically significant effects. At 9 months, the proportion at Agency 1 rose again though not reaching preintervention level. Average numbers of prescriptions per child remained unchanged. Conclusion: Use of CriticalThinkRx may reduce psychiatric prescribing in foster care.
Identifier: FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0060 (IID), 10.1177/1049731513477691 (DOI)
Keywords: foster children, child welfare, psychiatric medication, antidepressant, antipsychotic, evidence-based medicine, prescribing patterns, quasi-experimental design, intervention, social work, pharmaceutical
Note: This is the peer reviewed author's manuscript as it was accepted in Research on Social Work Practice. The final published version of record is available at:
Citation: Cohen, D., Lacasse, J.R., Dan, R., & Senglemann, I. (2013). CriticalThinkRX may reduce prescribing to foster youth: Results from an intervention trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 284-293. doi: 10.1177/1049731513477691.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: College of Social Work Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Research on Social Work Practice.
Issue: 3, 23

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Cohen, D., Lacasse, J. R., Duan, R., & Senglemann, I. (2013). CriticalThinkRx May Reduce Psychiatric Prescribing to Foster Youth: Results From an Intervention Trial. Research On Social Work Practice. Retrieved from