Use of psychoactive medication and the quality of care in rest homes. Findings and policy implications of a statewide study.

@article{Avorn1989UseOP,
  title={Use of psychoactive medication and the quality of care in rest homes. Findings and policy implications of a statewide study.},
  author={Jerry Avorn and Paul Dreyer and Kay Connelly and Stephen B. Soumerai},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={320 4},
  pages={227-32}
}
Rest homes have become a major component of the health care system for frail elderly persons and deinstitutionalized psychiatric patients. Although psychoactive medications are frequently used in rest homes, there is little detailed information about the extent of such use, its supervision, or its effects. In a survey of a random sample of 55 rest homes in Massachusetts, we found that 55 percent of the residents were taking at least one psychoactive medication. Antipsychotic medications were… CONTINUE READING

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