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Table 1 Pharmacological treatments and outcomes favoured by clinicians

From: Current practices in managing acutely disturbed patients at three hospitals in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil: a prevalence study

Study Favored regimen Number of Doctors
USA 1999 [15]    Haloperidol + lorazepam +/- benztropine 11/20
     Droperidol 4/20
     Benzodiazepine (unspecified) alone 3/20
     Droperidol + lorazepam + diphenhydramine 1/20
     Haloperidol + benztropine 1/20
  Use of physical restraints  
     Common 14/20
     Usually not used 6/20
  Route of administration  
     Preferred IM or IV 14/20
     Preferred IM 3/20
     Unknown 3/20
UK 1994 [4]    Chlorpromazine 14/28
     Haloperidol 8/28
     Haloperidol + chlorpromazine 2/28
     Droperidol 1/28
     'Neuroleptic' 1/28
     Haloperidol + diazepam 1/28
     Haloperidol + lorazepam 1/28
  Desired end point  
     Sedated but mobile 12/28
     Not sedated but calm 9/28
     Asleep 7/28
  Route of administration  
     Preferred IM 26/28
     Preferred IV 2/28