Five treatments doctors shouldn't prescribe

Choosing Wisely has released a list of five overused, inappropriate or ineffective treatments that should not be used in geriatric patients.

The organisation, working with members of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, says doctors should not:

1. Use antipsychotics as the first choice to treat behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

"People with dementia may exhibit aggression, resistance to care and other challenging or disruptive behaviours. In such instances, the modest effectiveness of atypical antipsychotics may be offset by the higher risks for adverse events and mortality. Non-pharmacological interventions can be an effective substitute for antipsychotic medications. Use of these drugs should therefore be limited to cases where non-pharmacologic measures have failed and