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Changes over a decade in psychotropic prescribing for people with intellectual disabilities: prospective cohort study
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    One pharmacist’s perspective on “ Changes over a decade in psychotropic prescribing for people with intellectual disabilities: prospective cohort study”.

    Inequalities and inequities in health and healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities have been of longstanding concern. Medication use is the major therapeutic intervention in this vulnerable population. The use of medication cannot be separated from the environment –physical and social – in which the person with intellectual disabilities lives and is supported.

    There is no ‘one size fits all’ regarding psychotropic medication use in this population group. Those providing direct care are the most important person in the life of an individual with intellectual disabilities and may have a direct influence on medication prescribed or de-prescribed, for problem behaviours etc.

    The social environment, the physical environment and societal preconditions, and their interconnectivity with one another and with individuals in the setting, play an important role in healthy settings for people with intellectual disabilities[1] . Physical, mental, psychological and spiritual well being may all be influenced by the environment. A recent study highlights a health-promoting social network of people with ID as a prerequisite for change [1].

    Pharmacists, as medication experts, in all healthcare environments can make positive contributions to the pharmaceutical care of patients with intellectual disabilities, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, carers and patients themselves [2,3]. The expertise of specialist and other pharmacists i...

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