Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use in Long Term Care
Across Canada, more than one in four seniors in long term care (LTC) is on antipsychotic medication without a diagnosis of psychosis. The rates vary greatly between LTC homes and jurisdictions, pointing to the potentially inappropriate use of these medications.
In 2014-2015, CFHI worked with 56 long term care homes that agreed to curb the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication to seniors.
Participants received seed funding and training to implement programs to reduce and eliminate antipsychotic use, along with coaching and mentoring, educational materials, tools, and forums for sharing with other sites. The goal was to lower the use of antipsychotics, and improve the quality of care and quality of life for residents.