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Prescribing of psychiatric medication to bereaved parents following perinatal/neonatal death: an observational study

Prescribing of psychiatric medication to bereaved parents following perinatal/neonatal death: an observational study

Death Studies 38(6-10): 589-596

To examine psychiatric prescribing in response to perinatal/neonatal death, we analyzed data from a cross-sectional survey of 235 bereaved parents participating in an online support community. Of the 88 respondents prescribed medication, antidepressants were most common (n = 70, 79.5%) followed by benzodiazepines/sleep aids (n = 18, 20.5%). Many prescriptions were written shortly after the death (32.2% within 48 hr, 43.7% within a week, and 74.7% within a month). Obstetrician/gynecologists wrote most prescriptions given shortly after loss. Most respondents prescribed antidepressants took them long-term. This sample is select, but these data raise disturbing questions about prescribing practices for grieving parents.

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PMID: 24588074

DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2013.820229

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