A 2015 report highlighted the paucity of knowledge about prescribing of psychotropics to adults with dementia in community settings.1 Prior estimates are more than 10 years old and exclude benzodiazepines and opioids.2,3 Given the risk of harm when prescribing such central nervous system (CNS)–active medications to older adults with dementia, more data are needed to inform research and policy.4 We estimated CNS-active medication prescriptions among community-dwelling older adults with dementia, identifying the most commonly prescribed medications.
Maust DT, Strominger J, Bynum JPW, et al. Prevalence of Psychotropic and Opioid Prescription Fills Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Dementia in the US. JAMA. 2020;324(7):706–708. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8519
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