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Health Quality Ontario released a new report May 20, 2015

Looking for Balance provides a snapshot of the current state of antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes and reveals there is wide variation across homes in the percentage of residents being prescribed these medications.

Many residents are given antipsychotic medications to improve their quality of life, but use of these medications has sparked debate because of their potential to cause serious side effects.

The report identifies opportunities to learn from patients and families, and long-term care teams too who have made changes to improve the lives of Ontarians living in long-term care. In homes across the province, care teams are addressing antipsychotic medication use by applying a range of approaches such as tracking medication data, assessing residents on a person-by-person basis, and engaging families.

Click here to download the full report.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 9:25 am and is filed under Publisher's Page.