Another Reason to Avoid Psychotropics: Increased Disruptions in Care

A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that antipsychotic and benzodiazepine (antianxiety) prescriptions are associated with a higher number of “transitions” (a physical move from one care environment to another) for people with dementia.  Such transitions can be extremely disruptive for people with dementia, who more than most long-term care recipients, rely on familiar environments and routines to avoid disorientation and decline.  The fact that people with dementia who are given antipsychotics or a benzodiazepine are more likely to be hospitalized or moved is yet another reason for trying non-drug treatment options when trying to alleviate distress or discomfort.

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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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