Use of antipsychotic medicines - A literature review

A literature review to better understand the use of antipsychotic medicines for people aged 65 years and over.

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The Commission engaged Professor Sarah Hilmer to conduct a literature review to better understand the use of antipsychotic medicines for people aged 65 years and over.

The research questions posed by the Commission to guide the review were:

  1. What does the literature (Australian or international data) say about why the variation identified in the Atlas is a problem for Australians?  Describe the burden of disease associated with BPSD or delirium in Australia and its social and economic impacts. 
  2. What are the terms most acceptable to clinicians and consumers to describe BPSD or behaviour for which antipsychotics can be used? 
  3. What relevant guidelines, policies and procedures, health programs or strategy documents are available in Australia, noting that the term the chemical restraint is in scope, or from an equivalent healthcare system (UK, US, Canada)? 
  4. What do the current guidelines recommend regarding the prescription and use of antipsychotic medicines for people aged 65 years and over for the treatment of BPSD and delirium? 
Publication year
2020
Resource type
Publication, report or update