Antipsychotic Drug Use In Nursing Homes

The use of antipsychotic medications in nursing home residents is an important topic, especially in cases where it is unnecessary and/or inappropriate.

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes (pdf) intiative began in 2012 to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications.

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest quarterly statistics regarding the use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents. (pdf)

As seen in the document:

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and a systematic process to evaluate each individual’s need.


CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership isthe percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome. In 2011Q4 23.9% of long-stay nursing home residentswere receiving an antipsychotic medication; since then there has been a decrease of 18.8% to a national prevalence of 19.4% in 2014Q2. Success has varied by state and CMS region, with some states and regions having seen a reduction of greater than 20%.

The CMS report menitoned above, in addition to showing quarterly national trends, also provides the trends by state.  For Illinois nursing home residents antipsychotic drug use is seen at 23.7% in the second quarter of 2014, compared with 26.0% in the second quarter of 2012, the earliest statistic available in the report.

Additional details can be found in the CMS report mentioned above.


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