Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.0 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: Less is more is an IDT approach to appropriate use of antipsychotics in residents with psychosis of dementia. As a result of this approach, there have been no increases in psychiatric hospitalization or cost to the skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The quality of life of these residents is improved. This session will review how to effect culture change regarding unnecessary antipsychotic usage in SNFs. It will teach medical directors to engage other members of the IDT into effective antipsychotic use within the nursing home. It will also show members of the IDT how to substitute environmental measures for pharmacological agents for challenging behaviors.
Adopt a successful collaboration of an I.D.T. to the proper use of antipsychotics in S.N.F.
Implement P. and P. regarding psychiatry and antipsychotic use in the S.N.F.
Effect culture change and to demonstrate to staff of S.N.F that environmental redirection for challenging behaviors may have better results than antipsychotic prescription.
Discuss regulatory and medicolegal concern regarding use of antipsychotics in S.N.F.
Speakers(s): Louis Mudannayake, MD, CMD
Disclosure(s): Louis Mudannayake, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.