When Psychosis Isn’t the Diagnosis.

 

A Toolkit for Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Long Term Care.

This toolkit was created to support interventions to reduce excessive use of antipsychotic medications in long term care facilities. Its content is derived from the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) Toolkit developed by Alberta Health Services. It can be used by physician groups, clinical services or organizations to help achieve reductions in antipsychotic prescribing.

By using the interventions mentioned in this toolkit the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) Working Group, Alberta Health Services, have lowered the provincial use of antipsychotics in long-term care by 8% and were able to lower use at the initial 11 early adopter sites by approximately 50%.

 

Authors:

Verdeen Bueckert, MCL, BScN, RN
Practice Lead, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network Alberta Health Services

Mollie Cole, MN, RN, GNC (C)
Manager, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network Alberta Health Services

Dr. Duncan Robertson, MB, BS, FRCP, FRCP (Edin), FRCPC, FACP
Specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine
Senior Medical Director, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network

 

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