Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Long-term care: Feasibility and Recent Trends

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth E. Barba, Professor (Creator)
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Research Associate for the GWEP (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Numerous studies have found excessive or in appropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients with cognitive impairment or perceived behavioral issues. Inappropriately medicating this vulnerable population can lead to several negative outcomes, including failure to have needs met, injury, illness, and even death. In response to recent literature and government reports highlighting this issue, in 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an initiative called the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. This article discusses the CMS initiative, as well as the feasibility and recent trends in the use of nonpharmacological interventions that could be implemented when working with patients with cognitive impairment and behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.

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Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(5), 10-14
Language: English
Date: 2014
Nursing, Nonpharmacological interventions, Older Adults, Dementia

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