Pattern of prescription of psychotropics (antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines) in Western Australian residential aged care facilities

Hend Almutairi, Andrew Stafford, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Leon Flicker

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Abstract

Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia are exhibited by up to 90% of residents in aged care facilities and are associated with a risk of inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs. This study examined the prevalence pattern of psychotropic drug use in 409 residents from 11 residential aged care facilities in Western Australia. Sixty-four (n = 64; 15.6%) residents were not prescribed any psychotropic drug, 345 (84.4%) were prescribed at least one psychotropic drug and between 4 and 10% were prescribed high doses, depending on the class of psychotropic. Despite increasing awareness of inappropriate psychotropic drug use in this population, targeted and effective interventions are required to improve psychotropic prescribing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2140-2143
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume51
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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