Ethical Dilemmas: Should Antipsychotics Ever Be Prescribed for People With Dementia?
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science 2010 Aug; 197: 88-90
The use of antipsychotics for the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) is controversial. Antipsychotics cause harm and evidence-based guidelines advise against their use. We argue that antipsychotics may be justified using a palliative model: by reducing severe distress in those whose life expectancy is short.
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