Intended for healthcare professionals


Poor service provision is blamed for overuse of antipsychotics in dementia patients

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 16 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4818

Beware of antipsychotics in the elderly

Due to their frailty, isolation, and loneliness, the elderly have increased needs
for sympathy, support, and reassurance. Sadly, it’s all too easy to disregard
these needs by silencing the elderly with antipsychotics. This practice is not
unethical but also dangerous and should be stopped. Hospital administrators,
medical directors, nursing supervisors, pharmacists, and family should be alert
to this all-too-common scenario and intervene when necessary. The elderly
need many advocates, and we can all function on their behalf.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 November 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA