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Trends in antidepressant prescriptions among the elderly in Alberta during 1997 to 2004. Open Access

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Newman, S. C.
Schopflocher, D.
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numerical analysis
antidepressants
elderly
trends
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Journal Article (Published)
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English
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Objective: To analyze trends in antidepressant (AD) prescription rates among the elderly (aged 65 years and older) in Alberta during 1997 to 2004. Method: Numerical data on AD prescriptions were obtained from Alberta Blue Cross. Age-standardized prescription rates were calculated according to type of AD. Results: The prescription rate for all ADs combined increased by 59% for men and 55% for women. This change was due entirely to serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other recently-introduced ADs, that by 2004 accounted for 72% of AD prescriptions for men and 69% for women. For each year and type of AD, the prescription rate for women was almost double that for men. Conclusions: In the elderly in Alberta, prescription rates for ADs increased markedly during 1997 to 2004, especially for SSRIs and other recently introduced ADs
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2008
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doi:10.7939/R31R6N307
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© 2008 Canadian Psychiatric Association. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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Newman, S. C., & Schopflocher, D. (2008). Trends in antidepressant prescriptions among the elderly in Alberta during 1997 to 2004. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(10), 704-707.
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