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Article Date: 05 Mar 2011 – 17:00 PST


Regular use of antipsychotic and antidepressant medication has increased among residents of Sydney nursing homes since 2003, an expert says.


In a letter published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia, Clinical Professor John Snowdon and co-authors also reported that regular use of anxiolytic and hypnotic medication has decreased since the 1990s. They compared their 2009 study into psychotropic medication use in Sydney nursing homes with similar studies conducted in 1993, 1998 and 2003.


Prof Snowdon said that the use of antipsychotic agents fell between 1993 and 1998 but by 2009 there had been a progressive change from conventional antipsychotics to a three-to-one preference for atypical antipsychotic medication. By 2009, the rate of regular use of antipsychotic medication had risen above the level it had been in 1993.


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