There is concern about rising treatment of psychiatric patients with psychotropic medications and declining treatment with psychotherapy. However, actual treatment profiles of psychiatric patients are largely unknown. Niels Okkels et al found that the majority of patients in a university hospital department had non-pharmacological therapy or a combination of psychotropic medication and non-pharmacological treatment. Overall, psychotropic medication was however the most frequently applied treatment. The study underlines the importance of mapping treatment patterns in local settings, and encourages the initiation of similar studies to ensure a continued constructive and nuanced debate on the treatment of psychiatric patients. Read the entire article here.