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Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia

A new resource from the NHS is available on prescribing antipsychotic medication for people with dementia. It will be of particular use for DoLS BIAs assessing restrictions including chemical restraint and DoLS mental health assessors. The resource states: ‘There is concern over the high rates of antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia due to the associated risks often outweighing the benefits. As such, antipsychotics should only be considered as a last resort in dementia. This toolkit provides expert, evidence-based practical advice and guidance on risk reduction when using these agents and support with deprescribing where appropriate.’

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