Patterns in Psychiatrists ’ Prescription of Valproate for Female Patients of Childbearing Age With Bipolar Disorder in Japan: A Questionnaire Survey

We examined patterns of prescription for childbearing-aged women (late adolescence/young adulthood aged 18–24 years, childbearing-age, older adults aged 25–49 years) and pregnant women.ResultsIn total, 571 psychiatrists (427 males, 123 females, and 21 unknowns) responded appropriately to the questionnaire, including 320 who examined at least one or more late adolescence/young adulthood bipolar women. Approximately 70% of psychiatrists answered that they frequently or sometimes prescribed valproate for bipolar women of childbearing age [late adolescence/young adulthood: not at all, n = 23 (7.5%); rarely, n = 69 (22.5%); sometimes, n =116 (37.8%); and frequently, n = 99 (32.2%); childbearing-age, older adults: not at all, n = 13 (2.7%); rarely, n = 67 (13.8%); sometimes, n = 185 (38.1%); and frequently, n = 220 (45.4%)]. The proportion of general hospital psychiatrists who answered “not at all” or “rarely” to the frequency of their valproate prescriptions was higher than that of psychiatrists working in other medical facilities (χ2(3) = 18.2, p
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