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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.bp.109.076307

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

08/2010

Volume

197

Pages

88 - 90

Keywords

Antipsychotic Agents, Dementia, Female, Humans, Male, Palliative Care