How to reduce medication use in aged care

Intervention achieves reductions in antipsychotics and benzodiazepines

Prescribing psychotropic medications to aged-care residents is often ineffective and also increases the risk of falls, pneumonia and stroke, according to a geriatric specialist.

Over-medication aged-care

Dr Juanita Westbury from the University of Tasmania says concerns about inappropriate psychotropic prescribing are not new, but despite this, the practice has persisted over the past two decades.

She points to a recent Australian study that shows, while regular antipsychotic use has gone down in the past five years, the routine use of benzodiazepines to treat