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Reducing Anti-psychotic Prescribing for Care Home Residents With Dementia

Latham, Isabelle ORCID: and Brooker, Dawn ORCID: (2017) Reducing Anti-psychotic Prescribing for Care Home Residents With Dementia. Nurse Prescribing, 15 (10). pp. 504-511. ISSN Print: 1479-9189 Online: 2052-2924

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This article reports on the outcome and evaluation of the focused intervention training and support (FITS) into practice programme, a training and support programme for care home staff aimed at reducing inappropriate anti-psychotic prescribing for people living with dementia by implementing alternative psychosocial interventions. This programme was adapted from an original randomised-controlled trial that successfully reduced the prescribing of anti-psychotic medications in care homes. The aim of the new programme was to replicate the impact of the original trial, but using a less resource-intense model, so that it could be implemented across care homes in the UK within existing resource conditions. The programme successfully reduced anti-psychotic prescribing and improved staff knowledge and attitudes. Barriers and facilitators of implementation were identified at four key levels: the dementia care coach; the care home; the organisation; and external relationships. Crucial to success was the provision of dedicated time for dementia care coaches to implement, the ongoing support provided by the expert-practitioner role, and the quality of relationships with prescribers. The implications of these for the FITS into practice programme, other similar interventions, and the work of prescribers with care homes are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: anti-psychotics, dementia, psycho-social interventions, care homes, staff training
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 12:03
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 10:38

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