Antipsychotic and Benzodiazepine Drug Changes Affect Acute Falls Risk Differently in the Nursing Home.

@article{Berry2016AntipsychoticAB,
  title={Antipsychotic and Benzodiazepine Drug Changes Affect Acute Falls Risk Differently in the Nursing Home.},
  author={Sarah D Berry and Sebastian G Placide and Elizabeth Mostofsky and Yuqing Zhang and Lewis A. Lipsitz and Murray A. Mittleman and Douglas P Kiel},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={71 2},
  pages={273-8}
}
BACKGROUND Psychotropic drugs increase the risk of falls, but they are still frequently prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms associated with dementia in the nursing home. We examined whether there is an acute increased risk of falls in the days following a change to an antipsychotic or benzodiazepine drug prescription. METHODS We collected information on 594 long-stay nursing home residents from two facilities who fell at least once between September 1, 2010 and May 31, 2013. Psychotropic… CONTINUE READING
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