Anti-psychotic drugs 'given to learning disabilities patients'

Anti-psychotic medication is given to more than two thirds of inpatients with learning disabilities in specialist units, a census has shown. The findings are the result of further analysis of the 2013 Learning Disability Census.

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Anti-psychotics given to 68.3% with learning disabilities

A census has revealed that anti-psychotic medication is given to more than two thirds of inpatients with learning disabilities in specialist units.

The findings also showed that over half (56.6%) of the patients had experienced an "incident" during the three months preceding the census date such as self-harm, an accident, physical assault on the patient, hands-on restraint or seclusion.

Anti-psychotic medication given to 68.3% of inpatients. Credit: Matthias Hiekel/DPA/Press Association Images

The analysis of the 2013 Learning Disability Census was commissioned in response to events at Winterbourne View Hospital and have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Its results are based on survey responses received from 104 (58 NHS and 46 private) provider organisations in England on behalf of 3,250 service users in September last year.

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