Expected rise in UK dementia cases Age over 85 LARGE RISE Age under 85 SMALL RISE
Behavioural and psychologicalsymptoms in people with dementia
“short-term treatment (up to six weeks) ofpersistent aggression in patients with moderate tosevere Alzheimer’s dementia, unresponsive to non- pharmacological approaches and when there is a risk of harm to self or others”.
The reality• Estimated 180,000 people in England with dementia were getting antipsychotics• Only 36,000 get any clinical benefit from the drugs• Negatives far outweigh the positivesSource: Bannerjee report
Our goalBy 31st March 2012: all people with dementia who are receiving antipsychotic drugs will have undergone a clinical review to ensure that if they are receiving these drugs they are doing so appropriately and that alternatives to their prescription have been considered and a shared decision has been agreed regarding their future care
Called to action!1. People with dementia and their carers2. Those who can give voice and advocacy to people with dementia and their carers3. Clinical decision makers who prescribe and review the drugs4. Those with authority who can promote best practice