Safely Reducing Antipsychotic Medications: Choosing the Right Strategies for Long Term Care Residents
How do you safely take long term care residents off of antipsychotics, who don’t have a diagnosis of psychosis? How do you get care-teams and staff on board with using person-centered strategies for care?
Through a one-year collaborative, CFHI provided education and support to 15 inter-professional teams to improve prescribing in 56 LTC homes across the country. Teams adapted an approach, born out of CFHI’s EXTRA program, to improve prescribing by (1) using RAI-MDS 2.0 data to identify candidates for medication reduction, and measure and communicate success; and (2) training staff to use person-centred approaches to care and better communicate as a multi-disciplinary team.
This session provides an overview of the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvements pan-Canadian collaborative focused on appropriate use of antipsychotics in long-term care and profiles the results and experiences lived by the Fraser Health Authority.
The purpose of this presentation is to share with caregivers and healthcare professionals examples of strategies, results and real lessons learned about the type of resources and tools that exist to support safe medication reduction for better resident care.
The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.