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

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Cousins, JM ORCID: 0000-0003-2343-2685, Bereznicki, LRE ORCID: 0000-0003-3974-3437, Cooling, NB ORCID: 0000-0003-3211-1656 and Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 2017 , 'Prescribing of psychotropic medication for nursing home residents with dementia: a general practitioner survey' , Clinical Interventions in Aging, vol. 12 , 1573–1578 , doi: 10.2147/CIA.S146613.

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the prescribing ofpsychotropic medication by general practitioners (GPs) to nursing home residents with dementia.Subjects and methods: GPs with experience in nursing homes were recruited throughprofessional body newsletter advertising, while 1,000 randomly selected GPs from southeasternAustralia 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 recommendingnon-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 themost 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 medicationby nursing home residents should be directed toward improved staffing and resources at thefacilities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cousins, JM and Bereznicki, LRE and Cooling, NB and Peterson, GM
Keywords: dementia, nursing homes, general practitioners, antipsychotic agents, benzodiazepines
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Publisher: Dove Medical Press Ltd.(Dovepress)
ISSN: 1178-1998
DOI / ID Number: 10.2147/CIA.S146613
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Copyright 2017 Cousins et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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