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Neuroleptics in dementia: Two consecutive surveys of prescribing practice at the interface of hospital and primary care

  • Franz Schembri Wismayer (a1) and Attila Sipos (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

We surveyed the prescription of neuroleptic drugs in patients with a diagnosis of dementia discharged from a general psychiatric hospital over two consecutive years. The surveys looked at documentation of information around prescribing and communication to primary care teams. Our aim was to help to minimise the potential contribution of hospital practice to unnecessary or continuing unreviewed neuroleptic prescription in the community.

Results

The first survey led to the adoption of new clinical standards in the Department of Old Age Psychiatry. The second survey found improvements in all surveyed parameters.

Clinical implications

Clear communication of information around prescribing and follow-up arrangements could help to reduce inappropriate community prescription of neuroleptics in this vulnerable group of patients.

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Neuroleptics in dementia: Two consecutive surveys of prescribing practice at the interface of hospital and primary care

  • Franz Schembri Wismayer (a1) and Attila Sipos (a2)
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