Improving Resident Quality of Life: Newfoundland, PEI and SQLI Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics Quality Improvement Collaborative

The Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics approach (AUA) is being implemented in all 39 publicly funded long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador, all nine publicly funded homes in Prince Edward Island, and five from the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative – a North American network of long-term care organizations focused on improving clinical and safety for seniors.

This 18-month collaboration with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island began in January 2018.

More than half of participating residents in Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI prescribed antipsychotics without a diagnosis of psychosis had these medications safely reduced or discontinued. This improves their care experiences and lives while also reducing the risk of negative health outcomes.

Teams and results

The results were announced at a workshop in St John’s with the participating teams from the two provinces.

The teams now have the opportunity to join the Momentum Challenge – an invitation-only CFHI program that assists teams to expand the reach of an innovation and sustain its impact.


Teams from the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative (SQLI) have also participated in this Quality Improvement Collaborative.

  • Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa, ON
  • Schlegel Villages, Kitchener, ON
  • Hebrew Senior Living, Roslindale, Massachusetts, USA
  • St. Andrew’s Village, Presbyterian Senior Living Community, Indiana, Pennsylvania

Last Updated: November 2019