Immovable Antipsychotic Prescribing Practices in Care Homes? (BMJ Open)


Incredible as it may seem, and contrary to years of high-level campaigning plus the circulation of awareness raising reports and guidelines, antipsychotic prescribing in long-term residential care in England did not, in fact, decline measurably during the four years following the launch the National Dementia Strategy (2009). Experts are thought to be baffled.

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Szczepura, A. Wild, D. Khan, AJ. [et al] (2016). Antipsychotic prescribing in care homes before and after launch of a national dementia strategy: an observational study in English institutions over a 4-year period. BMJ Open. BMJ Open. September 20th 2016; 6(9): e009882.

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1 Response to Immovable Antipsychotic Prescribing Practices in Care Homes? (BMJ Open)

  1. Unfortunately in today’s economic climate, care homes are run as a business, it is easier to keep some dementia sufferers who present challenging behaviour sedated rather than have to pay more staff for one-one care.

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