Mental health: Information sources

Last updated: Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines and Bazire’s Psychotropic Drug Directory are both excellent reference handbooks that cover the most commonly asked questions (e.g. swapping and stopping antidepressants, drug choice in special patient groups). Updated frequently, they are normally amongst the first resources to check if you’re not sure where to look. You may have access to the e-book of the The Maudsley Guidelines at your hospital, but the Psychotropic Drug Directory is not available online or in electronic form. They both have lots of practical tips.

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NICE Evidence Search will signpost you to specialist psychiatry resources such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association of Psychopharmacology, as well as more general guidance from NICE and SIGN.

Use the Clinical Knowledge Summaries for evidence-based reviews of how to manage common mental health conditions such as depression, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are some UKMi Medicines Q&As on commonly encountered scenarios (e.g. depression in mothers who are breastfeeding, and using antidepressants in patients with epilepsy). Access them through the SPS website.

Check whether you have any local guidelines or speak to your clinical experts.

Presenting your answer 

Once you’ve asked sufficient questions, gathered the information required and assessed it, you’ll need to provide an answer. We can offer you some general guidance on answering clinical problems.