ResultsCFHI worked with 56 long term care homes – in seven provinces and one territory – to cut the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication to seniors residing in long term care.





After only one year, early results from a sample of 416 residents from the facilities showed:

  • 54% of residents had antipsychotics discontinued or significantly reduced (18% reduced; 36% complete eliminations).
  • Among these residents:
    • Falls decreased by 20%
    • Verbally abusive behaviour decreased by 33%
    • Physically abusive behaviour decreased by 28%
    • Socially inappropriate behaviour decreased by 26%
    • Resistance to care decreased by 22%
Backgrounders:  Atlantic Canada  |   Ontario / Quebec  |   Western Canada

Five-year Forecast

AP-RA-ReportRecent studies show that more than one-in-four (27.5%) seniors in Canadian long term care facilities is on antipsychotic medication without a diagnosis of psychosis.




If the results of the CFHI initiative were scaled up nationally, over the first five years an estimated:

  • 35,000 LTC residents per year would have their antipsychotics reduced or discontinued.
  • 25 million antipsychotic prescriptions would be avoided altogether
  • 91,000 falls would be prevented
  • 19,000 ER visits would be prevented (an 8% decline)
  • 7000 hospitalizations would be prevented (an 8% decline)
  • $194 million in direct healthcare costs would be saved – even after the costs of implementing the program are taken into account