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Psychotropic medication often given in the absence of multidisciplinary assessments

Research raises concerns about a lack of guidelines and review of prescriptions  
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Research raises concerns about a lack of guidelines and review of prescriptions

A study examined five years of case records for 106 people who were prescribed psychotropic medications to manage behaviours of concern in the absence of a diagnosed mental health condition.

Evidence of supporting multidisciplinary team (MDT) assessments was sought.

More than 50% of people, had additional autism-related needs. Across the entire sample, antipsychotic and anxiolytic medications were the most commonly prescribed, and 42% of people were taking more than one psychotropic medication. Significant numbers of people who additionally took psychotropic medications on an ‘as required’ basis, had no guideline to advise those providing support on exactly when it should be given.

There were concerns about the lack of timely review within 12 weeks of the medication being prescribed. Many people had no recorded nursing/physical health assessment and no

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