Journal article

Factors associated with the decision to prescribe and administer antipsychotics for older people with delirium: a qualitative descriptive study

Emily J Tomlinson, Helen Rawson, Elizabeth Manias, Nicole Nikki M Phillips, Peteris Darzins, Alison M Hutchinson

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To explore factors associated with decision-making of nurses and doctors in prescribing and administering as required antipsychotic medications to older people with delirium. DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive. SETTING: Two acute care hospital organisations in Melbourne, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Nurses and doctors were invited to participate. Semi-structured focus groups and individual interviews were conducted between May 2019 and March 2020. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Participants were 42 health professionals; n=25 nurses and n=17 doctors. Themes relating to decisions to use antipsychotic medication..

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