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An exploration of staff attitudes to discontinuing use of antipsychotic medication

Anxieties of staff in residential social care need to be addressed when reducing antipsychotic medication, a study shows

Anxieties of staff in residential social care need to be addressed when reducing antipsychotic medication, a study shows

Most support staff in residential social care settings believe that antipsychotic medication is effective in controlling behaviours described as challenging, even in the absence of corresponding mental health conditions, a study in the Netherlands shows.

The study, which explored perceptions of staff about discontinuing the use of antipsychotic medications, found that staff attitudes could significantly influence – positively or negatively – the discontinuation process.

Despite limited confidence about successful outcomes, most staff were willing to collaborate on carefully planned discontinuations, the

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