The objectives of this study were to identify the risk factors for metabolic syndrome in patients on antipsychotics and to compare the frequency of metabolic monitoring with evidence-based guidelines. We conducted a retrospective cohort study in a tertiary care health institution of South India. The study included patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorders prescribed with antipsychotic drugs. Data was collected from the medical records department. American Diabetic Association/American Psychiatric Association (ADA/APA) guidelines were used as a reference standard to assess the monitoring for metabolic parameters. Diagnosis of metabolic syndrome was done according to the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III) guidelines. Risk factors for metabolic syndrome and frequency of metabolic monitoring were analyzed. A total of 668 patients were included for clinical audit. About 16.5 % of the patients were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Age >50 years (Odds Ratio (OR) 2.00; p value 5 years (OR 1.55; p value< 0.05) were recognized as the independent risk factors for metabolic syndrome using multiple logistic regression. Blood pressure (BP) and fasting blood sugar (FBS) levels were documented in 99.7 % and 47 % of cases at baseline respectively, however, subsequent annual data on BP and FBS monitoring was reduced to 72.7 % and 46 % respectively. Weight was documented in 60 % of the cases at baseline, whereas the subsequent data on four times the annual assessment of weight was reduced to 9.8 %. The extent of documentation of metabolic monitoring parameters was inadequate.
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