Journal article

Antipsychotic use in the elderly: What doctors say they do, and what they do

John Tiller, David Ames, Henry Brodaty, Gerard Byrne, Sudarshan Chawla, Graeme Halliday, John Snowdon, Graham Hepworth, Peter McArdle, Isaac Schweitzer

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review psychiatrists' attitudes and actual practice on the use of typical and atypical antipsychotics in the elderly. METHODS: Audit data were collected from 18-old-age psychiatry units across Australia. The attitudes of old age psychiatrists and their perceptions of the efficacy, tolerability and clinical usefulness of antipsychotics were examined. RESULTS: The medications used for 321 patients were audited, and the attitudes of the 57 prescribing doctors were assessed. All available atypicals were prescribed and reported as more efficacious and clinically useful than typicals. Adverse events perceived by doctors as an obstacle to prescribing were more frequent than reported a..

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