Korean J Psychopharmacol.  2002 Mar;13(1):30-36.

Korean Medication Algorithm Projects for Major Psychiatric Disorders(II): Background, Basic Plan, Organization of KMAP and Principles, Methods of Algorithm Development and Limitation, Caution when sing KMAP

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Catholic University, Seoul, Korea. ymbahk@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Eulji University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Yong-In Mental Hospital, Yong-in, Korea.
  • 4Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Ulsan University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Psychiatry, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University, School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Department of Neuropsychiatry, Medical Colledge, and Institute of Neuroscience, Inje University, Busan, Korea.
  • 9Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 10Naju National Mental Hospital, Naju, Korea.
  • 11Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 12Department of Psychiatry, Ilsan Hospital, National Health Insurance Corporation, Koyang, Korea.
  • 13Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


In this special article we present Korean medication algorithm development project for major psychiatric disorder (KMAP), basic plan, organization, basic principles of algorithm developments, methods of development, limitations and cautions of using this algorithm. The Korean Society of Psychopharmcology and Korean Academy of Schizophrenia as a co-worker started to make Korean algorithm project that is helpful to treat major mental disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) patients by the better psychopharmacologic treatments. In spite of many advantages of algorithm, these projects have many limitations and problems simultaneously; we needed to introduce the goal of algorithm, details of development methods in this special article. KMAP have employed the latest survey techniques and reflect only the most current clinical standards. The results are a practical reference tool not only for clinicians but also for mental health educators and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients who have major mental disorders. This algorithm projects can have problems and shortcomings. but we will revise this issues by correction and amendment.


Schizophrenia; Bipolar disorder; Korean medication algorithm project for major psychiatric disorders
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