Rethinking psychotropics in nursing homes

Juanita L Westbury and Gregory M Peterson
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10192
Published online: 22 July 2013

To the Editor: We thank Hilmer and Gnjidic for highlighting the excessive use of psychotropic medications in Australian nursing homes.1 We recently completed a national psychotropic audit of over 9000 nursing home medication reviews conducted during the 2011–12 financial year. Our results were alarming: even after excluding residents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, more than a quarter of residents reviewed (27%) were taking antipsychotics. Concerningly, 41% of all residents reviewed were prescribed benzodiazepines.

  • Juanita L Westbury
  • Gregory M Peterson

  • School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS.

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