Original Article
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World J Psychiatr. Sep 22, 2014; 4(3): 56-61
Published online Sep 22, 2014. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v4.i3.56
Psychiatrists’ approach to vascular risk assessment in Latin America
Pablo Richly, Pablo López, Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Daniel Flichtentrei, María Prats, Ricardo Mastandueno, Julián Bustin, Marcelo Cetkovich-Bakmas
Pablo Richly, Pablo López, Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Julián Bustin, Marcelo Cetkovich-Bakmas, INECO (Institute of Cognitive Neurology), Buenos Aires C1126AAB, Argentina
Pablo Richly, Pablo López, Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Julián Bustin, Marcelo Cetkovich-Bakmas, Institute of Neurosciences, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires C1093AAS, Argentina
Pablo Richly, Marcelo Cetkovich-Bakmas, UDP-INECO Foundation, Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile 8370076, Chile
Daniel Flichtentrei, María Prats, Ricardo Mastandueno, Intramed, Buenos Aires B1636AJK, Argentina
Author contributions: Richly P, Bustin J and Cetkovich-Bakmas M designed the study; Flichtentrei D, Prats M and Mastandueno R provided substantial contributions to acquisition of data; López P and Gleichgerrcht E provided substantial contributions to analysis and interpretation of data; Richly P and López P wrote the manuscript.
Correspondence to: Pablo Richly, MD, Head of Memory Clinic, INECO (Institute of Cognitive Neurology), Pacheco de Melo 1854, Buenos Aires C1126AAB, Argentina. prichly@ineco.org.ar
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Received: April 15, 2014
Revised: July 16, 2014
Accepted: August 27, 2014
Published online: September 22, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: This is a descriptive, cross sectional study that surveyed Latin-American physicians to explore the way in which Latin-American psychiatrists approach the screening of vascular risk factors in patients receiving antipsychotic medication. We surveyed 1185 general physicians and 792 psychiatrists. We found that psychiatrists usually check vascular risk factors in their patients, especially those taking antipsychotics. General practitioners check them routinely without paying special attention to this population.