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Antipsychotic use in older adults: Canadian best practices

Pathak, Sushila, MSN, NP; Duff, Elsie, PhD, NP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000532766.14251.c7
Feature: ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

Abstract: Due to the physiologic changes of aging, managing behavioral issues and antipsychotic use is associated with adverse reactions that are more complex in older adults than in younger adults. Therefore, appropriate prescribing and evaluating the need to continue antipsychotics are necessary to enhance optimum patient outcomes. This article discusses best practice recommendations for NPs in Canada to help ensure safe use of antipsychotic medications in the older adult population.

Due to the physiologic changes of aging, managing behavioral issues and antipsychotic use is associated with adverse reactions that are more complex in older adults than in younger adults. Therefore, appropriate prescribing and evaluating the need to continue antipsychotics are necessary to enhance optimum patient outcomes. This article discusses best practice recommendations for NPs in Canada to help ensure safe use of antipsychotic medications in the older adult population.

Sushila Pathak is an NP at Shellbrook Primary Care Clinic, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Elsie Duff is an NP at Selkirk Quickcare and an instructor at Sask Polytech, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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