The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia – 26 March 2014
“Up to 80% of people with dementia and nearly half of people in residential aged care facilities are receiving psychotropic medications that in some cases are inappropriately prescribed, a report released today by Alzheimer”s Australia has revealed.
The report, The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia, provides an evidence-based review of the prevalence of the use of restraint, and the potential negative consequences and legal issues surrounding the use of psychotropic medication and physical restraints in people with dementia.”
“A new study produced by Alzheimer’s Australia suggests up to 80 per cent of dementia patients in aged care facilities are being treated with psychotropic drugs.
The report, to be released today, suggests only one in five dementia patients receive any benefit from taking such medication.
Alzheimer’s Australia says the use of drugs in nursing homes is excessive and it has called for reform of the sector.”
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