Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication (British Psychological Society)


The Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP) has released the “Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication” report in support of the Dementia Action Alliance’s campaign against the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia.

This report shows how evidence-based alternatives to antipsychotic medication for people with dementia can be used in a staged approach (i.e. a stepped care approach), permitting these alternative interventions to be increased and reliance on antipsychotics to be reduced. The stages are:

  • Step 1: Recognition.
  • Step 2: Assessment and treatment of contextual issues.
  • Step 3: High intensity interventions.
  • Step 4: Specialist interventions.

A model is presented to assist providers of care and commissioners when addressing the care of people with dementia. The main section headings in this document comprise:

  • The policy context.
  • What is needed now?
  • Equal access to services for people with dementia.
  • A stepped care model of assessment and intervention.
  • Summary.
  • Glossary (and an extensive bibliography).

Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication highlights the evidence-based alternatives to antipsychotic medication… The model presented is designed to help NHS commissioners, general practitioners, service providers and specialist teams who are considering how to care for people with dementia”.

Read more: Westminster event highlights the alternatives to medication in dementia.

Full Text Link


Brechin, D. Murphy, G. James, I.A. [et al] (2013). Alternatives to antipsychotic medication: psychological approaches in managing psychological and behavioural distress in people with dementia. Leicester: British Psychological Society; Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP), March 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].

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