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The elderly person (EP) treated with psychotropics is at risk of iatropathology. The guidelines for the proper use of these treatments are difficult to apply and the difficulties met by hospital teams are little described in the literature. Our objective was to investigate the problem of psychotropic management in EP among the medical and care teams. Three focus groups were run consecutively in 2021 with the geriatric team at Angers Hospital, France, to highlight the difficulties met daily and to bring innovative solutions. Following a thematic analysis of the content, 10 themes were described, including 4 emerging. These 4 themes are a greater precision of the conditional prescriptions of psychotropics, the choice of the moment of administration, the route of administration in case of agitation, and the revaluation during and after hospitalization management. Among the solutions mentioned, some will be gradually implemented according to a prioritization matrix as an awareness of teams to behavioral disorders and their management, or the development of teleconsultation to check the re-evaluation of prescriptions.


Mathieu Corvaisier, Augustine Pierson, Anne-Solène Viollin, Marine Asfar, Guillaume Duval, Marie Otekpo, Cédric Annweiler, Laurence Spiesser-Robelet. How to optimise the use of psychotropic drugs in the elderly? Focus groups in a geriatric unit]. Geriatrie et psychologie neuropsychiatrie du vieillissement. 2023 Jun 01;21(2):192-202

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