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Reducing antipsychotic drugs in care homes



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Why did Eileen choose this article?

The first fact to jump out at me from this article is that the use of antipsychotics in patients with dementia is linked to 1,800 deaths per year.

After reading the article consider the following points:

  • What are the side effects of antipsychotic medications and what specific effects do these have on people with dementia?
  • What strategies can be used to reduce antipsychotic prescribing?
  • Think about a patient you are caring for who is prescribed antipsychotic drugs. How would you plan to review his medication?

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor


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