Reducing the Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics Among PALTC Residents: How to Make It Happen
Recorded June 7, 2017
Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP
Antipsychotic dose reduction in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings has become a priority due to risks associated with their use and national policy initiatives. Clinicians in PALTC often face challenges associated with gradual dose reduction of antipsychotics. This webinar will describe the efficacy and risks associated with antipsychotic use among older adults and will also discuss a five step quality improvement process focused on reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in your setting. Assessment tools, educational resources, documentation requirements, and strategies to overcome common barriers and motivate your staff will be discussed.
- Describe the efficacy and risks associated with antipsychotic medication use among PALTC residents.
- Identify common challenges associated with gradual dose reduction of antipsychotics in the PALTC setting.
- Discuss a quality improvement process that can be utilized by the interdisciplinary team to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotics among older adults in PALTC.
1.5 CME, 1.5 CMD clinical
CME/CMD Credits available until June 2020
Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP is a nurse practitioner that specializes in the medical and neuropsychiatric care of older adults. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she teaches in the Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and maintains an active clinical practice in dementia symptom management. Dr. Galik is externally funded and conducts research to test the impact of interventions designed to optimize physical function, physical activity, mood and behavior of long term care residents with dementia. She frequently presents at national conferences, has authored peer reviewed articles and book chapters on dementia and has served as an expert advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s national initiative to improve behavioral health among nursing home residents with dementia.
All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.