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Table 4 Indications for antipsychotic treatment at the start of the study

From: Inappropriate long-term use of antipsychotic drugs is common among people with dementia living in specialized care units

Treatment of disturbed and restless behavior/sedative n (%) 67 (42.9)
Delusions/hallucinations/paranoia n (%) 16 (10.3)
Treatment of mood/irritability/anxiety, n (%) 14 (9.0)
Treatment of aggression, n (%) 13 (8.3)
Treatment of insomnia, n (%) 12 (7.7)
Treatment of psychosis, n (%) 7 (4.5)
Treatment of confusion, n (%) 3 (1.9)
To combat behavioral disorders/BPSD, n (%) 2 (1.3)
Other indications, n (%) 3 (1.9)
No indication, n (%) 19 (12.2)
  1. Indication at baseline. Number of prescriptions=147, number of persons taking antipsychotics=132. The number of indications (156) is higher since there were sometimes more than one indication per prescription.