Reducing antipsychotic drug prescribing for nursing home patients: a controlled trial of the effect of an educational visit.

Ray WA, Blazer DG, Schaffner W, Federspiel CF
Am J Public Health. 1987 77 (11): 1448-50

PMID: 2889382 · PMCID: PMC1647107 · DOI:10.2105/ajph.77.11.1448

We conducted a statewide, controlled trial of the efficacy of an educational visit in reducing antipsychotic drug prescribing for nursing home patients. Frequent antipsychotic drug prescribers were visited by a trained physician counselor who stressed known drug risks for elderly patients and suggested techniques for reducing antipsychotic drug use. Although well-received, the visit did not reduce antipsychotic drug prescribing. This negative finding suggests that future interventions address factors within the nursing home which encourage antipsychotic drug use.

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Aged Antipsychotic Agents Drug Utilization Humans Nursing Homes Physician's Role Role

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