New study calls for changes to dementia treatment

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 25 Jun 2021, 7:49AM
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New study calls for changes to dementia treatment

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 25 Jun 2021, 7:49AM

A new study says we need to look into the way we treat people with dementia.

A study of residents in care facilities in Waikato found just over 48 percent of them were prescribed an antipsychotic and 22 percent a sedative.

Researchers say the medication being taken is risky and ineffective and needs addressing.

One of the authors and consultant psychiatrist at Waikato hospital Etu Ma'u told Tim Dower

“Medications do have a role. What we found, though, is that the proportion of people on them is higher than potentially it should be and more importantly the medications aren't being reviewed."

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