In 2013/14, Alberta’s Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network launched the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) project at 11 early adopter long-term care (LTC) sites across the province. The goal was to reduce antipsychotic use by 50%, which they successful achieved.
As a result of their success, the AUA project was introduced to all 170 Alberta LTC facilities (14,500 beds) in 2014/15, and is being shared with 165 Supportive Living facilities, and piloted in 9 acute care sites.
Antipsychotic use in Alberta LTC facilities has decreased by 30% in the past 2.5 years. Just 17.9% of Alberta’s long-term care residents (without a chronic mental health condition) are using antipsychotic medications, compared to the national average of 22.7% (Quarter 2, 2016). Families are pleased that loved ones are more alert, independent, communicative and happy. Care teams report residents are calmer, more active and easier to care for.