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Letters Antipsychotics in nursing homes

Pressure to prescribe antipsychotic drugs in learning disability too

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2455
  1. Samuel Yates, CT2 in learning disability psychiatry1
  1. 1Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare, Hounslow TW5 0LW, UK
  1. samuelyates{at}

My first specialist job in community old age psychiatry entailed frequent visits to nursing homes. Fortunately, my consultant was conscious of the clinical and ethical challenges of managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, but even with such support I was often pressured by care home staff and sometimes relatives to prescribe something to “sort things out.”1 …

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