NHS Digital publishes dementia and antipsychotic drug prescription data for first time

    15th December 2017 | By | Reply More

    NHS Digital has published for the first-time data that shows the levels of prescribing antipsychotic drugs to dementia patients.

    9.4 per cent of patients with a recorded dementia diagnosis were prescribed antipsychotic medication in the 6 weeks to 30 November 2017.

     

    The data has been published as part of an expansion of the monthly Recorded Dementia Diagnoses report

    The figures include three new counts for patients with a diagnosis of dementia. They are:

    ·  Number of people with a prescription of antipsychotics in the last six weeks

    ·  Number of people with a prescription of antipsychotics in the last six weeks and a diagnosis of psychosis

    ·  Number of people with a prescription of antipsychotics in the last six weeks and without a diagnosis of psychosis

    The statistics will contain two months of information and figures have been submitted by 98.8 per cent of GP practices.

    The figures will be broken down to CCG, STP, sub-regional, regional and national level.

    As not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis, this statistic compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over.

    Read the report in full HERE

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