Antipsychotic use among nursing home residents

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Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine



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Aged; Antipsychotic Agents; Female; Humans; Male; Nursing Homes; Off-Label Use; Pharmacies; Physician's Practice Patterns; Prevalence; Retrospective Studies; United States


Geriatrics | Health Services Research | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


The prescribing of antipsychotic medications persists at high levels in US nursing homes (NHs) despite extensive data demonstrating marginal clinical benefits and serious adverse effects, including death.1- 2 However, imprecise and outdated data have limited the understanding of the current state of antipsychotic medication prescribing in NHs.3 We analyzed recent and detailed NH prescription data to address: (1) What is the current level of antipsychotic use? (2) Does antipsychotic use in NHs display geographic variation? and (3) Which antipsychotics are most commonly prescribed?


Citation: JAMA. 2013 Feb 6;309(5):440-2. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.211266. Link to article on publisher's site

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