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Prescribing patterns for psychotic and behavioural symptoms in dementia: a national survey

Scott, Katherine and Lawrence, Robert M. and Duggal, Anita and Darwin, Cressida and Brooks, Elizabeth and Christodoulou, Georgina (2002) Prescribing patterns for psychotic and behavioural symptoms in dementia: a national survey. Psychiatric Bulletin, 26 (8). pp. 288-290. ISSN 0955-6036

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AIMS AND METHOD: To compare current prescribing practice for psychotic and behavioural symptoms in dementia with the available research. An anonymous questionnaire was sent to all members of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, enquiring about preferred drug treatments. RESULTS: Classical antipsychotics were chosen by 50% for psychotic symptoms over atypical antipsychotics (43%) and were preferred for aggression (48%) and sexual disinhibition (55%). Antidepressants were favoured in treating anxiety (41%) and lability (45%). CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Alternatives to classical antipsychotics, especially for behavioural symptoms, have yet to be researched satisfactorily. In view of the continued widespread use of classical antipsychotics and recent concerns about their safety, we call for this to be addressed.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1472-1473
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:40
Deposited On:29 Sep 2005
Last Modified:23 Oct 2009 11:09

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