Health & wellness

Which nursing homes overuse antipsychotic drugs?

Potent sedatives not recommended for many elderly residents who get them

Nursing home
Residents without psychosis or related condition who received antipsychotics*
US median, 16.7%
Residents with
Medicaid coverage
Residents with
behavioral problems
Nurse-minutes per resident per day

SOURCES: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Data are for 2010. Nursing homes were not included if there were no data on antipsychotic drug use. Some data on nursing homes were taken from 2009 because no 2010 data were available. Data on nurses refer to Registered Nurses.

* Psychosis or related condition as defined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Matt Carroll, Kay Lazar and Tom Giratikanon/Globe Staff

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