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Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings
Katherine M. Iritani (au)
Dementia affects millions of older adults, causing behavioral symptoms such as mood changes, loss of communication, and agitation. Concerns have been raised about the use of antipsychotic drugs to address the behavioral symptoms of the disease, primarily due to the FDAäó»s boxed warning that these drugs may cause an increased risk of death when used by older adults with dementia and the drugs are not approved for this use. This report examined (1) to what extent antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for older adults with dementia living inside and outside nursing homes; (2) what is known from selected experts and published research about factors contributing to the such prescribing; and (3) to what extent the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs by older adults with dementia. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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