Inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medications in residential aged care facilities can be reduced using proven intervention strategies, according to new University of Tasmania research.
The use of antipsychotics in residential aged care has gone down but other medications with similar side effects are being used more often, new research shows.
A national program to more appropriately manage sedative use is leading to significant reductions in the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in residential aged care, initial results show.
A $3 million government grant is enabling the national roll out of the successful RedUSe program to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care. The researchers implementing the program are seeking residential homes to sign up.