One of the many advantages of employing interRAI across long-term care facilities is its ability to seamlessly collect invaluable data, like that presented in this study, without the necessity for time-consuming and resource-intensive special surveys. interRAI’s comprehensive assessment tools are integrated into daily care routines, allowing for continuous and systematic data gathering. This wealth of data not only aids in monitoring care quality but also facilitates the identification of emerging trends, such as the significant increase in antipsychotic drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. It underscores how interRAI empowers healthcare professionals with the real-time insights they need to make informed decisions and address critical issues promptly.
interRAI Fellows, including Drs. John Hirdes, George Heckman, and Luke Turcotte, have made significant contributions to a recent Canadian study. The study delves into the utilisation of antipsychotic drugs in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) across Canada, analysing trends before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
📈 Key Findings:
The study uncovered a noteworthy surge in the use of antipsychotic drugs in LTCFs during the pandemic.
Surprisingly, this increase occurred in the absence of a corresponding rise in psychotic behavior within these facilities.
🗣️ Dr. John Hirdes, a respected researcher in the University of Waterloo School of Public Health Sciences, commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic posed immense challenges for long-term care homes, resulting in higher mortality rates. Our study focused on various aspects of care quality during this challenging period, highlighting modest changes overall, except for the concerning uptick in problematic antipsychotic use.”
💬 Co-author Dr. George Heckman, who also holds the Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine and is part of the School of Public Health Sciences, emphasized the dedication of long-term care teams. He said, “These data underscore the incredible efforts made by long-term care professionals, including nurses and personal support workers, to maintain care quality during these unprecedented times.”
🔗 To read more about the study and its findings, click here https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/antipsychotic-drugs-use-increased-in-canadian-long-term-care-homes-pointing-to-possible-quality-of-care-issues-study-1.6425393