The national Reducing Use of Sedatives (RedUSe) intervention program has seen reductions in the proportion of aged care residents prescribed antipsychotics and benzodiazepines. Lead Investigator, Dr Juanita Westbury, explained that only around 1 in 5 residents prescribed antipsychotics experience a reduction in agitation, and benzodiazepines lose their effectiveness after around 2-4 weeks.
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