Psychoactive prescribing for older people-what difference does 15 years make?

Lloyd D. Hughes, Lynda Cochrane, Marion E. T. McMurdo, Bruce Guthrie

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Objective: The objective of the study was to review prescribing of psychoactive medications for older residents of the Tayside region of Scotland. Methods: The analysis used community prescribing data in 1995 and 2010 for all older residents in Tayside. For each psychoactive drug class, the name of the most recently prescribed drug and the date prescribed were extracted. The relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for patients receiving psychoactive medication in 2010 were compared with those for patients in 1995. Psychoactive prescribing was analyzed by year, age, gender, and deprivation classification. The chi-squared test was used to calculate statistical significance. Results: Total psychoactive prescribing in people over the age of 65years has increased comparing 1995 with 2010. Antidepressant [RR=2.5 (95% CI 2.41-2.59) p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • older people
  • prescription
  • psychoactive prescribing


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