Senior Care

Safely Reducing Antipsychotics: the Right Strategies for Long Term Care Residents

This session is intended for Professionals

How do you safely take long term care residents off of antipsychotic medications, who don’t have a diagnosis of psychosis? How do you get care-teams and staff on board with using person-centered strategies for care?

Through a one-year collaborative, CFHI provided education and support to 15 inter-professional teams to improve prescribing in 56 LTC homes across the country. Teams adapted an approach, born out of CFHI’s EXTRA program, to improve prescribing by (1) using RAI-MDS 2.0 data to identify candidates for medication reduction, and measure and communicate success; and (2) training staff to use person-centred approaches to care and better communicate as a multi-disciplinary team.

This session provides an overview of the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvements pan-Canadian collaborative focused on appropriate use of antipsychotics in long-term care and profiles the results and experiences lived by the Fraser Health Authority.

The purpose of this presentation is to share with caregivers and healthcare professionals examples of strategies, results and real lessons learned about the type of resources and tools that exist to support safe medication reduction for better resident care.

The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.

  1. Kaye Phillips, PhD, is Senior Director at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). Kaye leads CFHI’s Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use in Long Term Care collaborative. She also leads the design and integration of strategic evaluation and performance measurement across CFHI's collaboratives and programs. Kaye brings 10 years of experience as a decision support and change management specialist in quality improvement and collaborative patient-centred care. Kaye has directed CFHI’s flagship EXTRA program, produced and delivered a series of improvement curriculum, and led program, corporate and cross-regional outcome evaluations.

  1. Anita is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) and Clinical Nurse Specialist for Fraser Health Residential Care. She has provided clinical and system consultation and education in residential care for 11 years and worked in Geriatric Psychiatry prior to that. Her expertise includes dementia-related behaviours and mental health.


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