Access and Utilization of New Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications. I. Professional Associations


Two professional associations, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which represents psychiatrists, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents family physicians, were identified to participate in this study. Since psychiatrists primarily prescribe antipsychotics and antidepressants and primary care physicians (often family practice physicians) can prescribe antidepressants and/or make referrals to a psychiatrist for such a prescription, these two professional associations were selected as the most appropriate to present the desired perspectives of physician prescribing practices around the use of newer atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants.

Association Reason for Inclusion
American Psychiatric Association
  • Leading association for prescribing providers (psychiatrists)
American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Provides relevant policy statements