Home-like Models of Residential Care May Help Reduce Prevalence of Psychotropic Medications

March 9, 2018 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Residents of organizations with home-like care models were less likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines when compared with prescriptions for residents of organizations with traditional care models, according to a February 26, 2018, study published in BMC Geriatrics. The study found that 71% of study participants living in Australian care facilities were prescribed at least one psychotropic medication in the previous 100 days, and the study noted that higher rates of psychotropic use were associated with adverse events and lower quality of life. Residents of home-like care facilities were less likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications despite being more likely to have dementia and other cognitive impairments. However, residents of home-like facilities also tended to be younger and have fewer comorbidities.

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