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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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 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 Group:||Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)|
|Objective Field:||Health Related to Ageing|
|Author:||Cousins, JM (Mr Justin Cousins)|
|Author:||Bereznicki, LRE (Professor Luke Bereznicki)|
|Author:||Cooling, NB (Dr Nick Cooling)|
|Author:||Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)|
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