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Monday, January 30, 2012

A review of the use of antipsychotic drugs in British Columbia residential care facilities (2011)

This report documents the process and findings of a review of issues associated with the prescription of antipsychotic medications for elderly residents of residential care facilities in British Columbia.

The Ministry of Health undertook the review at the direction of the Minister of Health, in response to public concerns including a complaint raised by a family whose mother was in residential care in the Fraser Valley.

The review occurred from April to June of 2011. Its Terms of Reference were to examine the extent of antipsychotic drug use in provincial residential care facilities, to review existing protocols for treatment of dementia symptoms, including use of consents to care, and to determine whether further actions are required to ensure the health, safety and dignity of elderly residents with dementia.

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