The Dementia and Prescribing Antipsychotic Project, run by London-based CCGs, helped to reduce prescribing levels by between 48% and 77%. The project aimed to raise awareness of the risks of antipsychotic prescribing for behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia. Local barriers to antipsychotic reduction were identified. GPs and pharmacists were able to work together on antipsychotic reduction, with positive contributions from the lead pharmacist and medicines management teams.
Key prescribing messages, with practical resources including templates for letters and monitoring charts, were developed.
Oboh, L. (2014). Reduce antipsychotic prescriptions to save dementia patients. Health Service Journal (HSJ), September 15th 2014.
This relates to:
London GP Practice Audit of Antipsychotic Prescribing to People with Dementia. London Antipsychotics Audit and Reduction Exercise in Primary Care. London: NHS London, September 26th 2014.