Ethical dilemmas: should antipsychotics ever be prescribed for people with dementia?
Treloar A., Crugel M., Prasanna A., Solomons L., Fox C., Paton C., Katona C.
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.