Some areas are still inappropriately over-prescribing

Release Date: 17 July 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

Toby Williamson, Head of Development and Later Life at the Mental Health Foundation responds to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report showing that the percentage of dementia patients being prescribed antipsychotic drugs fell sharply over the last six years:

“We welcome the fall in prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia but we are concerned about the wide regional variations. This strongly indicates that some areas are still inappropriately over-prescribing. It shows that other interventions can be used to reduce distress and agitation among people with dementia. Our Home Improvements scheme for people with dementia in care homes shows examples of this such as spending more time with the person talking about their life history, and finding ways of involving relatives more in the support offered to people.”