Drug prescribing

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Psychotropic drug prescribing


This project looks at health information for people with learning disabilities living in Glasgow in Scotland.


This study was set up to find out about the drugs that people with learning disabilities are prescribed.


We looked at drugs that are used to help people with mental health problems.


We wanted to know if there had been changes in the way these drugs are prescribed.


This information was collected at three times (in 2004, 2006 and in 2014).


The results show people with learning disabilities are often prescribed antipsychotic drugs.


People with learning disabilities are given antipsychotic drugs even when they don’t have psychosis.


This study found that the number of people prescribed antipsychotic drugs did not go up or go down.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says that people with learning disabilities should not be prescribed antipsychotic drugs if they don’t have psychosis.


The results also showed that people with learning disabilities were more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants in 2014 than they were in 2004.