Psychotropic drug use in long-term care facilities: A review of the literature

Charlene Harrington, Catherine Tompkins, Mike Curtis, Leslie Grant

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We reviewed 19 studies of psychotropic drug use for residents of long-term care facilities, located through a MEDLINE search of the literature published between 1978 and 1990. The review compares each study in terms of its sample, research design, and findings. The studies reviewed found that a substantial proportion of nursing home residents are taking psychotropic drugs on a regular, long-term basis and this usage is accompanied by prescribing and monitoring problems and many potential adverse risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-833
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992

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Funding Information:
1This research was supported by a grant from the San Francisco Foundation and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. The interpretations and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the funding source. We acknowledge the assistance of Pat McGinnis, director of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, in making this project possible. department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco 94143. Assistant professor, Division of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.

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  • Drug outcomes
  • Nursing homes
  • Psychoactive drugs

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