DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-116854
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

The Personal Antipsychotic Choice Index

Introducing a Tool for Shared Decision-Making in Selecting Antipsychotic MedicationFloor van Dijk1, Iris de Wit1, Matthijs Blankers2, 3, Iris Sommer4, Lieuwe de Haan1
  • 1 Department Early Psychosis, Academical Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, Amterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2Department of Research, Arkin Mental Health Care, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 3Trimbos-institute, the Netherlands institute of mental health and addiction, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Publication History

received 13 December 2016
revised 15 May 2017

accepted 13 July 2017

Publication Date:
15 August 2017 (eFirst)


Introduction We present an online decision aid to involve patients with a psychotic disorder in shared decision-making concerning the selection of antipsychotic medication.

Method Patients selected effectiveness and adverse effects criteria from the Subject’s Response to Antipsychotics-34 questionnaire. Numerical data from meta-analyses, clinical trial data, receptor affinities and expert opinions were used to rank antipsychotics on each criterion. When using the the tool, patients indicate on a 5-point Likert scale how they value each (adverse) effect. The Likert scale values are combined in an algorithm with the rank orders of antipsychotics to create a personalized ranking.

Results Criteria used were: effectiveness concerning psychotic, depressive and cognitive symptoms, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, hypersomnia, extrapyramidal symptoms, anticholinergic adverse effects, hypersalivation, nausea, dizziness, energy loss, blunted affect/less need for companionship. High-level evidence was available for ranking weight gain, sexual dysfunction, menstrual disorders, extrapyramidal symptoms and effectiveness on psychotic symptoms. We used lower level evidence ranking the remaining criteria.

Discussion A transparent procedure has resulted in an updateable tool to produce individual ranking of antipsychotics based on the patients’ input.

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