Alternative meds replacing antipsychotics in nursing homes, investigators find
Jun 01, 2022
Veterans nursing homes have made significant strides in reducing antipsychotic medication use, a new analysis shows. The decrease, however, may be contributing to the use of more alternative medications.
Pandemic bump in antipsychotics use raises questions about long-term care outcomes
Apr 12, 2022
The findings raise questions about the short- and long-term effects on the quality of care and health outcomes for residents, the authors say.
Antipsychotic reduction in LTC leads to drug substitutions, more delusions diagnoses
Feb 16, 2022
Antipsychotic reduction in long-term care facilities likely results in significant unintended fallout, new data from Canada show. The results mirror those of similar studies in the United States, with...
Avoid antipsychotic use to lessen stroke risk in Alzheimer’s patients: study
Oct 29, 2021
The increased odds of experiencing a stroke within 60 days of starting treatment suggests that even short-term antipsychotic use should be avoided if possible, investigators contend.
Brief training for LTC nurses leads to 6 months of reduced psychotropics use
Oct 26, 2021
Wards with trained nurses showed a significant reduction in psychotropic drug use and drug costs. Maintenance strategies may be needed, however, as the improvements had waned by 12 months, researchers...
Clinical briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 12
Oct 12, 2021
As antipsychotic stewardship backslides in nursing homes, risks mount … Don’t pause osteoporosis drug risedronate for more than two years, new research suggests … CDC advisers plan review of more...
CMS must refine data on antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes, OIG says
May 07, 2021
The Minimum Data Set should not be CMS’ sole source for determining the number of nursing home residents using antipsychotic drugs, according to a new report from HHS’ Office of the Inspector General.
Collaborative model helps reduce antipsychotic drug use
Jun 25, 2020
Training and support leads to discontinuation of antipsychotic meds in residents who do not have a diagnosis of psychosis or mental health issues, researchers have found. Notably, behavioral symptoms did...
NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018
May 13, 2015
Assisted living quality initiatives will focus on increasing satisfaction while reducing turnover, re-admissions and antipsychotics use, the National Center for Assisted Living announced on Tuesday.
Practical advice on reducing antipsychotics
May 08, 2015
Two CMS tags —F-Tag 329, which addresses unnecessarily using antipsychotic drugs, and F-Tag 309, which addresses taking steps to reduce antipsychotic drug use — are used by nursing home surveyors to...