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Management of Excessive Psychotropic Medication for Youth in Out-of-Home Care

R13 Conference Funded by NIMH and NICHD

The funded scientific meeting was held May 12 and 13, 2011 at Boys Town, Nebraska. The meeting allowed a group of researchers and practitioners to take collaborative efforts to the next level, and plan research that will inform pharmacotherapy practice and policy in out-of-home settings. The meeting had three specific aims.

  • Aim 1: To identify promising strategies for avoiding excessive and inapprpriate use of psychotropic medications in the treatment of youth with behavioral and emotional problems.
  • Aim 2: To promote collaborative research alliances between basic and applied researchers that will extend beyond the scientific meeting.
  • Aim 3: To produce a long-term plan for federall-funded studies to research and improve pharmacotherapy practice for youth in out-of-home care.

For additional information, please contact Jonathan Huefner at
jonathan.huefner@boystown.org.

Supporting Materials

Conference Videos

Background
How Boys Town became involved in doing research on psychotropic medication. Established overarching goals for meeting.


Framework
Julie Zito presents three research domains to structure collaborative work during conference.


Discussion
Group discussion of proposed domains to clarification, exploration and delineation.


Practice Context
Chris Bellonci (Walker) and Doug Spellman (Boys Town) discuss their clinical experience with psychotropic medication patterns among troubled youth in residential care settings.


Aftercare
Discussion of patterns of psychotropic medication use after a youth leaves out-of-home care.


Research Ideas
Discussion to move from general topics to more specific research areas and topics.


Refinement
Summarize, further define and prioritize relevant domains into a research agenda.


Virtual Consortium
Proposal to move applied psychotropic medication research forward via a virtual consortium.


Funding
Discussion of best approach and agencies/private funders to pursue funding to conduct the proposed research.


Study Groups
Discussion of study groups and who should participate. Lead researchers for each study group identified.