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Antipsychotic Medication Report

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

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

The report identifies opportunities to learn from patients and families, as well as long-term care teams who have made changes that improve the lives of people in Ontario 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.

Read the full report: Looking for Balance

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