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Letters Antipsychotics in nursing homes

Improve environment to reduce pressure to prescribe antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2450
  1. Paul Whitby, clinical psychologist1
  1. 1Avon and Wiltshire NHS Trust, Green Lane Hospital, Devizes SN10 5DS, UK
  1. paulcwhitby{at}

McCleery and Fox say that the ethical concern about prescribing antipsychotic drugs to residents of nursing homes who have dementia is worthy of an editorial in itself.1 Rarely do such patients ask to be treated: requests usually come from care staff. However, such requests do not result simply from a desire for a quiet life for …

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