National Audit of Dementia – Spotlight report on psychotropic medication

Reports | Published: 13 Feb 2020

This report is for a spotlight audit carried out using data gathered from the casenotes of people with dementia who had been prescribed psychotropic medications at some point in their hospital admission. It reports on the types of medications used to treat behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in hospital and what symptoms are most frequently targeted.

For this audit, hospitals provided information from the casenotes of people with dementia admitted to hospital who had been prescribed any psychotropic medications that may have been given to combat BPSD. The audit collected information on:

  • Whether medications were present on admission or were new prescriptions
  • If prescriptions made in hospitals had reasons for the prescription recorded and what they were
  • Whether prescriptions were reviewed on discharge

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National Audit of Dementia – Spotlight report on psychotropic medication