Approximately half of all Australian residents of RACFs have dementia,1 a syndrome characterised by progressively impaired cognition. However, the majority of people living with dementia will also experience non-cognitive symptoms at some point during their journey with the condition.2

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe how and why antipsychotics are used in the aged care setting
  • Identify when the use of antipsychotics is inappropriate
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in ensuring that antipsychotics are used appropriately
  • Summarise how antipsychotics may be deprescribed when used for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.5

Accreditation number: CAP1910MUAS

Case scenario

John is an 82-year-old man with a history of hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. He has no allergies nor other comorbidities. A baker for his entire working life, John moved into a residential aged care facility (RACF) two months ago due to progression of his Alzheimer’s disease, which now prevents him from undertaking most activities of daily living.

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