F-tags study reveals common misuses of psychotropic drugs in LTC
May 13, 2022
A study of deficiency-of-care citations in nursing homes offers lessons on reducing over-reliance on psychotropics in residents with dementia, investigators say.
Prescribing patterns in nursing homes may impact that of assisted living neighbors, study finds
Sep 14, 2021
Antipsychotic and anti-anxiety prescribing in nursing homes may have an effect on prescribing in local and affiliated assisted living communities, investigators have found.
Meds won’t ease seniors’ loneliness, but ‘social prescribing’ can help, geriatricians say
Jul 28, 2021
Some lonely seniors are prescribed psychotropic drugs at double the rate of their non-lonely peers, a new study finds. But these medications may not alleviate their problems, the researchers say.
Elders’ mental distress rose during COVID surges, U.S. Census Bureau finds
May 05, 2021
Psychiatric drug use and mental health counseling rose alongside COVID case counts, according to a CDC / Census Bureau survey analysis.
Hip fracture risk is tied to sleeping pills
Oct 17, 2012
The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs actually puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study suggests. Following...
Nursing homes should prepare to meet antipsychotic reduction goals, quality chief says
Oct 11, 2012
The American Health Care Association’s David Gifford, M.D., is offering tips for nursing homes looking to meet regulator and trade group deadlines for reducing antipsychotics use.
Antipsychotics debate taken to new level
Apr 13, 2012
The battle over antipsychotics use for seniors and their marketing shows no signs of abating. The latest blow is a billion-dollar court decision against a pharmaceutical giant accused of too aggressively...
Daily antibiotic use could reduce COPD flare-ups, study finds
Aug 26, 2011
Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.
Use of physical restraints decreases in nursing facilities, but anti-anxiety drug use grows, industry...
Sep 22, 2010
Use of physical restraints, falls, and emotional and behavioral symptoms dropped at nursing and rehabilitation facilities across the country over the last decade. But other quality indicators, such as...