Program reduces antipsychotic use in residential aged care

| 21 May 2018

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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Tags: aged care, agitation, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, dementia, dementia care, health, psychological, psychology, Reducing Use of Sedatives, RedUSe, research, residential aged care, residential aged care provider, study, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, workforce development

Sophia Bolden

Communications Manager

Sophia Bolden is the Communications Manager at Telstra Health - ADCC (formerly iCareHealth). With a background in the disability and aged care sector, she brings an understanding and passion for aged care. Sophia recognises the importance of social media and online communication in relating technology and aged care news in the most effective way possible.

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