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Wilkinson ST, Howard DH, Busch SH
Psychiatric practice patterns and barriers to the adoption of esketamine.
This paper discusses the psychiatric practice patterns and barriers to the adoption of esketamine in the treatment of depression. The authors indicate that the discovery of ketamine’s rapid-acting properties, culminating most recently with the FDA’s approval of esketamine, offers hope to the large numbers of patients whose symptoms do not resolve with traditional treatments. However, they suggest, many traditional psychiatric practices may be reluctant to invest in the costly infrastructure necessary to provide this therapy, especially because of the uncertainty regarding the reimbursement for patient monitoring.
Citation: Wilkinson ST, Howard DH, Busch SH . Psychiatric practice patterns and barriers to the adoption of esketamine. JAMA 2019 Sep 17;322(11):1039-40. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.10728.
Keywords: Depression, Behavioral Health, Practice Patterns, Medication