Korean J Psychopharmacol.  2003 Jun;14(2):108-118.

Designs and Methods for the Development of Korean Medication Algorithm for Schizophrenic Patients

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Yong-In Mental Hospital, Yongin, Korea.
  • 3Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neuropsychiatry, Medical College, and Institute of Neuroscience, Inje University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Catholic University, Seoul, Korea.


As a solution about many problems of pharmacotherapy for Korean patients with major psychiatric disorders, Korean Medication Algorithm Project for Major Psychiatric Disorders (KMAP) was launched. Recently, a medication algorithm for schizophrenic patients was developed and distributed. This review article showed the designs, processes and methods for developing this algorithm. Also we compared the development of Korean algorithm for schizophrenics with other foreign representative algorithms or clinical practice guidelines. We hope that this review elicit the productive criticism about the rigour, the system of development and the objectivity of content. The limitations and problems of Korean algorithm are also discussed in this review.


Schizophrenia; Pharmacotherapy; Algorithm; Korean Medication Algorithm Project for Major Psychiatric Disorders
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