Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 95–101

Psychotropic medication and ethnicity: an inpatient survey

  • Keith Lloyd
  • Parimala Moodley

DOI: 10.1007/BF00788512

Cite this article as:
Lloyd, K. & Moodley, P. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1992) 27: 95. doi:10.1007/BF00788512


A survey of the catchment area psychiatric inpatient population of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals showed that more black (Afro Caribbean) than non-black (white British) patients received anti-psychotic medication. This finding ceased to be significant after adjustment for diagnosis because a larger proportion of black than non black patients received a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, after adjustment for diagnosis, black patients were significantly more likely to be receiving depot anti-psychotic medication, to be detained under a section and to have been involved in a violent incident during the present admission. There were no significant ethnic differences in total dose equivalents of anti-psychotic medication but doses of the depot form were significantly higher for black patients.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Lloyd
    • 1
  • Parimala Moodley
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Epidemiology and General PracticeInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK
  2. 2.Community Mental HealthInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK

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