The use of antipsychotic medication can lead to serious side effects for people with dementia. The Government has made a commitment to reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia. The National Dementia and Antipsychotic Prescribing Audit collects information from GP practices on the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia. It aims to gather information from primary care to establish a national picture of prescribing antipsychotic medication in people with dementia.
This audit has been endorsed and is supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The report provides the results of the audit at a national and Strategic Health Authority level which covers people with a diagnosis of dementia and any prescription of antipsychotic medication or any alternative medication including drugs for dementia, hypnotics and anxiolytics and antidepressants over a six-year period (2006 to 2011).