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Antipsychotic prescribing in care homes before and after launch of a national dementia strategy: an observational study in English institutions over a 4-year period
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    Optimising antipsychotic medication prescriptions for people living with dementia in care homes
    • Dr M Claire Royston, Group Medical Director
    • Other Contributors:
      • Joanne Strain, Colin Sheeran, Steven Bainbridge and Gary Mitchell

    Re: Antipsychotic prescribing in care homes before and after launch of a national dementia strategy: an observational study in English institutions over a 4-year period. Szczepura et al. (2016) BMJ Open 2016;6:e009882 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009882

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the recent article by Szczepura and colleagues on antipsychotic medications in care homes. To summarise, the authors...

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    Differences by areas and other tests

    I would like to know whether the authors ran statistical tests to check whether there have been any differences per geographical area and by deprivation level. If not, it would be worth exploring this further, particularly if there have been changes in prescribing in particular areas. Also, I would recommend running additional statistical tests apart from the Kolmogorov-Smirnov -e.g. the Cramer-von Mises test and the Ande...

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