Minnesota Nursing Homes Exceed National Antipsychotic Medication Reduction goal

Ecumen is proud to be a partner in the important work of reducing the use of unnecessary antipsychotic drugs in all Minnesota nursing homes. The Minnesota Partnership to Improve Dementia Care recently announced its 2014 first quarter results, which exceeded the national reduction goal. Below is the full press release from Statis Health: 

MINNESOTA NURSING HOMES EXCEED NATIONAL ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION REDUCTION GOAL 

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Kudos to American Psychiatric Association for Campaign to Reduce Antipsychotics in Dementia Care

We have experienced through Ecumen Awakenings how collaboration between long-term care professionals and physicians can have a dramatic impact on reducing antipsychotic medications in dementia care and improve lives. The American Psychiatric Association is calling for change. They have issued a statement that antipsychotic medications should not be the first treatments doctors or patients think of when dealing with dementia in an elderly person, behavior problems in a child or insomnia in an adult.

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Ecumen Awakenings Insights – Going Beyond Drugs to Calm ‘Behaviors’ of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Ecumen Director of Quality Improvement Shelley Matthes discusses going beyond drugs to calm 'behaviors' of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

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Reducing the Use of Antipsychotic Medications for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

The role of antipsychotics in care for Alzheimer's and related dementias is changing, which is a very good thing.

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