A survey of a group of doctors and nurses specialising in the care of the elderly demonstrated a wide range of opinions on the usefulness of major tranquillisers for controlling behavioural disturbance in dementia. However, there was ‘broad agreement’ among medical and nursing respondents that these drugs were unlikely to be helpful in controlling non-violent resistiveness and sexual inappropriateness. The nurses indicated less ‘forth’ in neuroleptic therapy than their medical counterparts. The importance of auditing the use of major tranquillisers in dementia is emphasised.
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