BeST Center

Our BeST Practices

Pharmacotherapy for Schizophrenia

The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry has convened a pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia workgroup to examine current practices in Ohio and nationally. There is compelling data indicating that pharmacotherapy practice does not always conform with existing evidence-based guidelines.

The NEOMED workgroup is focusing on appropriate treatment for first-episode and multi-episode schizophrenia for both those who have an adequate response to treatment and for those who fail to respond adequately to treatment.

Strategies focus on:

  • finding minimal effective doses;
  • decisions to discontinue antipsychotic medication;
  • the use of long-acting injectable antipsychotics;
  • the use of clozapine; and
  • decreasing the use of polypharmacy.

The BeST Center offers SZconsult Project ECHO, a telecommunity for medical professionals who are solving problems together and changing lives for people affected by schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Through SZconsult, the BeST Center offers medical professionals:

  • Opportunities to present complex cases and to receive written recommendations from multidisciplinary experts
  • Opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to manage complex health conditions in their own communities and to be part of a community of practice
  • Brief lectures and case-based learning on topics of special interest
  • Free, convenient continuing professional education


SZconsult meets via Zoom technology
Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.
To learn more email 

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BeST Center

BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

Department of Psychiatry