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Table 3 Visits to hospital specialists associated with the first antidepressant prescription

From: Secondary care specialist visits made by children and young people prescribed antidepressants in primary care: a descriptive study using the QResearch database

Consultant specialtyAges 5–11 (n = 2330)Ages 12–17 (n = 30,701)SSRI (n = 22,130)TCA (n = 10,489)Any antidepressant ages 5–17 (n = 33,031)
Any paediatric or psychiatric1157 (49.7%)10,992 (35.8%)8387 (37.9%)3625 (34.6%)12,149 (36.8%)
Adult mental illness13 (0.6%)900 (2.9%)833 (3.8%)54 (0.5%)913 (2.8%)
Child and adolescent psychiatry285 (12.2%)5770 (18.8%)5463 (24.7%)522 (5.0%)6055 (18.3%)
Forensic psychiatry< 1010 (< 0.1%)< 10< 1010 (< 0.1%)
Paediatric neurology124 (5.3%)567 (1.8%)259 (1.2%)424 (4.0%)691 (2.1%)
Paediatrics1000 (42.9%)6154 (20.0%)3940 (17.8%)3144 (30.0%)7154 (21.7%)
Psychotherapy13 (0.6%)79 (0.3%)53 (0.2%)39 (0.4%)92 (0.3%)
  1. Includes visits made less than 1 year before or 6 months after the first antidepressant prescription. Individuals may be included in both SSRI and TCA categories and may have visited more than one type of specialist. Counts less than 10 have been masked
  2. SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, TCA tricyclic and related antidepressant, n number