The improvement rates of patients with emotional and mental disorders who were treated with drugs on an outpatient basis are comparable to the outcome of other treatment approaches in similar patients. "This study offers a demonstration of the effectiveness of office or outpatient treatment in the social rehabilitation and symptoms amelioration of the emotionally disturbed patient," Paul Lowinger, MD, of Detroit, told the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, held May 4-8 in Los Angeles.
The need for an objective outpatient drug evaluation program, the large number of outpatients to serve, and the training requirements of psychiatric residents in psychopharmacology were motivating factors leading to the establishment in 1956 of a drug clinic at Lafayette Clinic, Detroit. Lowinger explained that the drug clinic functions somewhat like a medical clinic or the office practice of a family doctor.
Patients are initially given careful psychiatric and neurological examination for diagnostic purposes