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    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult. Deadline March 15, 2020.

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Antipsychotic Choices in Nursing Homes Partly Influenced by Nursing Home’s Prescribing Culture

A new study reveals the majority of nursing homes favor treating patients with atypical antipsychotics.

Using a variety of data sources, including Medicaid and Medicare data, the researchers identified 65,618 patients 65 years or older residing in nursing homes in 45 states.

All had started treatment with an antipsychotic after their admission between 2001 and 2005.

Nearly half of the nursing homes studied (45%) never prescribed a conventional antipsychotic medication.

In fact, 91.2% of patients started treatment with an atypical medication. Of the 8.8% of patients treated with a conventional medication, the most frequently prescribed drugs were haloperidol (86%) and chlorpromazine (8%).

See the complete study at Huybrechts, K.F. et al. (2012). Variation in antipsychotic treatment choice across US nursing homes. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 32(1), 11-17.

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