Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers findMarch 21, 2014
Public reporting of physical restraint use in nursing homes caused a spike in the use of antipsychotic medications to control residents' dementia symptoms, according to a recently published analysis. These results suggest that policymakers should consider unintended negative consequences of publicly reporting quality measures, the researchers emphasized.
Interventions such as group training sessions and the provision of supportive materials for staff, residents and relatives can help nursing homes lower dependence on physical restraints, a study found.
The redesign of the federal Nursing Home Compare website, which lets consumers file complaints more easily and compare facilities based on quality measures, is complete.