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Over the past decade, a trend has been noticed in the Netherlands to replace large-scaled special care units (SCUs) caring for 20-30 residents with dementia by small-scaled SCUs caring for up to 8 residents. Systematic evaluations, however, have yielded a differentiated picture of the effects. As the impact on psychotropic drug use has hardly been addressed thus far, we examined the (potential) impact of psychotropic drug use when moving residents with dementia from large-scaled to small-scaled SCUs.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Aging & mental health
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