Personalize protocols when deprescribing psychotropics used to manage behavioural changes in individuals with dementia
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When managing behavioural changes in individuals with dementia in long-term care settings, non-pharmacological approaches should be the first-line option. However, evidence indicates that psychotropic medications are prescribed excessively in this patient population. Psychotropics can be successfully deprescribed by gradually withdrawing treatment, by taking a person-centred approach that actively involves residents, their family/support persons and multidisciplinary teams, by ensuring healthcare staff are well trained and supported by management, and by employing effective communication strategies.
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The article was adapted from Drugs & Aging (2019) 36(2):125–36  by employees of Adis International Ltd./Springer Nature, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.
The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.
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