Audit of antipsychotic prescribing for dementia – falls & rises

Source: NHS Information Centre

Follow this link for the full report National Dementia & Antipsychotic Prescribing Audit 2012 and Website

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  the results showed a 52% decrease in the rate of prescribing between 2008 and 2011. Prescriptions for antipsychotics in people newly diagnosed (diagnosed each year with a prescription of an antipsychotic within 12 months of diagnosis) with dementia have also reduced from 14.25 per cent in 2006 to 4.46 per cent in 2011which indicates that diagnosis is taking place much earlier.

  • The audit shows that over the last six years there has been an increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia.
  • The audit shows that a higher proportion of women are diagnosed with dementia than men with the majority of people diagnosed with dementia aged 65 years and above.
  • The audit suggests that the proportion of dementia sufferers receiving prescriptions of antipsychotic medication is decreasing.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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