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Person centred care that includes antipsychotic review reduces agitation in dementia patients, finds study

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4899 (Published 20 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4899
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Using a person centred care programme that includes a review of the use of antipsychotics significantly reduced agitation in patients with dementia living in care homes, a UK study showed,1 which demonstrated that this approach also reduced hospital and GP visits.

The study randomised 69 care homes in three regions of the UK (south London, north London, and Buckinghamshire) to adopt the Wellbeing and Health for people with Dementia (WHELD) programme or continue with usual treatment and care for residents with dementia and agitation over a nine month period.

WHELD provides training for two carer “champions” in each care home …

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