Swedish Telemedicine Psychiatric Prescribing

My Swedish morning paper has an interesting story about psychiatric prescribing by “net doctors”. 20-39 year olds in Stockholm are heavy users of telemedicine and in this population, 25% of all prescriptions for the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft) and an even greater proportion of those for escitalopram (Lexapro) are from telemedicine doctors. There is a lot of concern in the psychiatric community about where this might lead, particularly the risk for inappropriate prescribing and inadequate followup.


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