Antidepressants overused post-stroke

Researchers assessed all stroke patients discharged from five inpatient rehabilitation programs in Southwestern Ontario over a six-month period in 2010 and 2011.

Of the 294 patients whose medical records were reviewed, 40% were receiving antidepressants, although only three patients who were taking antidepressants had been formally screened, assessed and diagnosed with depression first.

Yet 100% of patients who had already been taking an antidepressant on admission to inpatient rehabilitation continued receiving the drug, largely without being reassessed.

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