Appropriate use of medications can relieve psychiatric symptoms and reduce distress and increase safety for patients, other residents, and staff.

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  • As already described, it is important to consider the risk of side effects, periodically reevaluate the use of antipsychotics and consider alternatives, and appropriately document decision making.

  • A structured education program for staff may help to both manage patients' behavior and decrease the use of antipsychotic medications.


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