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STOMP and STAMP campaigns: success or failure?
  1. David Branford1,
  2. Michael Wilcock2
  1. 1 Peninsula School of Medicine, Plymouth University, Plymouth, Devon, UK
  2. 2 Pharmacy, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK
  1. Correspondence to Michael Wilcock, Pharmacy, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK; mike.wilcock{at}

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In England, two campaigns have been targeting the inappropriate use of medicines in vulnerable patients. The STOMP (stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both) campaign was launched in 2016, with an initial focus on adults.1 In 2018, a parallel campaign for children with a learning disability or autism—STAMP (supporting treatment and appropriate medication in paediatrics)—was launched.2 Both campaigns proved to be effective in raising awareness, with many organisations pledging to undertake initiatives to reduce psychotropic prescribing. Both are supported by a plethora of videos, leaflets, protocols, booklets, guidance documents and a few excellent medication review programmes.1 2 Has all this activity resulted in an overall change to the prescribing of psychotropics for people with learning or intellectual disability (ID)?

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