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Prescribing of psychotropic medication for nursing home residents with dementia: a general practitioner survey

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Cousins, JM and Bereznicki, LRE and Cooling, NB and Peterson, GM, Prescribing of psychotropic medication for nursing home residents with dementia: a general practitioner survey, Clinical Interventions in Aging, 12 pp. 1573-1578. ISSN 1178-1998 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.2147/CIA.S146613

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the prescribing of psychotropic medication by general practitioners (GPs) to nursing home residents with dementia.

Subjects and methods: GPs with experience in nursing homes were recruited through professional body newsletter advertising, while 1,000 randomly selected GPs from southeastern Australia were invited to participate, along with a targeted group of GPs in Tasmania. An anonymous survey was used to collect GPs’ opinions.

Results: A lack of nursing staff and resources was cited as the major barrier to GPs recommending non-pharmacological techniques for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD; cited by 55%; 78/141), and increasing staff levels at the nursing home ranked as the most important factor to reduce the usage of psychotropic agents (cited by 60%; 76/126).

Conclusion: According to GPs, strategies to reduce the reliance on psychotropic medication by nursing home residents should be directed toward improved staffing and resources at the facilities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, nursing homes, general practitioners, antipsychotic agents, benzodiazepines
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Field:Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
Author:Cousins, JM (Mr Justin Cousins)
Author:Bereznicki, LRE (Associate Professor Luke Bereznicki)
Author:Cooling, NB (Dr Nick Cooling)
Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:121584
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2017-10-04
Last Modified:2017-11-13
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