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Number of dementia patients rises while GPs’ prescribing of antipsychotics falls

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4861 (Published 17 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4861
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The proportion of dementia patients being treated in the community in England who are prescribed antipsychotic drugs fell from 17% in 2006 to 7% in 2011, shows a national audit of nearly half the country’s general practices.1

At the same time, the number of cases of dementia is rising. The national dementia and antipsychotic prescribing audit shows that the annual number of new diagnoses of dementia in the participating practices rose by 68%, from 18 762 in 2006 to 31 455 in 2011.

The audit, which collected information on 197 000 people with dementia from more than …

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