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Upcoming Study on the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in ALFs

Upcoming Study on the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in ALFs

antipsychoticThe Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Gerontology has received funding from the Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund to study the use of antipsychotic medications in Virginia’s assisted living facilities. VCU is working with a steering group of professionals from the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership in order to reach as many assisted living facilities as possible.

As part of the study, in early September the VCU Department of Gerontology will send out a confidential survey to all 477 assisted living facilities in Virginia who are licensed for assisted living level of care. The survey will be sent to the registered email address of the facility or by mail if the facility does not have access to email.

In phase two, three assisted living facilities will be invited to participate in confidential face-to-face interviews with the VCU research team. Interviews will take place in early 2017.

We encourage you to respond to the survey when you receive it to help the VCU Department of Gerontology develop a complete picture of the use of antipsychotic medications in assisted living facilities in Virginia. The findings will be important in identifying best practices in the care of people living with dementia in assisted living facilities.

In addition, all assisted living facilities who complete the survey in Phase 1 will receive access to a free training webinar (with certificates of attendance) on the non-pharmacological management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, including agitation, aggression, and wandering. Assisted living facilities participating in Phase 2 will receive a free in-person training workshop held at their facility, also with certificates of attendance.

We will share more information about the study as it becomes available.  Read the study flyer from VCU here.


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