According to a study by the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia dating from 1991-2011, antidepressant use in care homes has risen from 7.4 per cent to 29.2 per cent, although the prevalence of depression in care homes remains unchanged at around one in ten residents. The findings have prompted lead study author Prof AntonyContinue reading “Increased prescribing has little effect on depression levels in care homes”
The publication of Our Invisible Addicts in 2011 represented an important landmark in recognising the extent of substance-related health problems amongst older people and that the special service needs to deal with the complexity of such problems, which often involve co-morbid mental and physical health problems, polypharmacy and psychosocial adversity. Since then, our knowledge concerningContinue reading “Our Invisible Addicts”
Bohemian Polypharmacy – a parody of Queen’s classic song Bohemian Rhapsody – a song all about polypharmacy – taking more medicines than are clinically indicated.