Tag: drugs

Nursing homes administer pointless drugs to majority of residents with advanced dementia

Nursing homes administer largely pointless and potentially harmful drugs to a majority of residents with advanced dementia, according to findings in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study looked at more than 5,400 residents, and found that about 54% received a medication with questionable benefit. Alzheimer’s disease drugs such as donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Namenda) were the most […]

Current antipsychotics quality measure is too hard on long term care providers

A new study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry explains that an updated quality measure could produce a clearer picture of nursing homes’ antipsychotic prescribing practices. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced the quality measure, which assesses how many long-stay residents are on antipsychotic medications and do not have […]