22% of nursing home residents get antipsychotics, data show

02/6/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 22% of a sample group of more than 1 million nursing home residents got antipsychotic medication at least once, generally for off-label indications. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester found geographic variation in the prescribing trends, which "suggests the absence of an evidence-based approach."

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