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Antipsychotic Medications

HBIPS 4 & 5 – Use of Anitpsychotic Medications

Antipsychotic medications are a group of drugs used to treat psychosis and other symptoms of mental illness. Psychosis is a symptom of mental illness that markedly interferes with a person's capacity to meet life's everyday demands. Research shows that use of more than one antipsychotic medication at the same time can lead to greater side effects, often without improving clinical outcomes. As a result, a range of stakeholders have called for efforts to reduce unnecessary use of multiple antipsychotics. Practice guidelines recommend the use of a second antipsychotic only after multiple trials of a single antipsychotic have proven inadequate. Randomized controlled trials provide some evidence to support augmentation with a second antipsychotic in patients with treatment-resistant disorders. Clinical circumstances, such as shorter inpatient stays, may require hospitals to discharge a patient on multiple antipsychotics with an aftercare plan to transition to monotherapy (one antipsychotic medication). In such cases, effective communication between the inpatient and aftercare clinician is an essential element of care.

HBIPS-4 - Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications

This measure reports the overall number of patients discharged on two or more antipsychotic medications.

January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014

Measure

National Rate

Butler Hospital Rate

Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications

09%

07%

Our goal is to be at a rate that is at or lower than the national rate.

HBIPS-5 - Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification

This measure reports the overall number of patients discharged on two or more antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification.

Measure

National Rate

Butler Hospital Rate

Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification

52%

18%

Our goal is to be at a rate that is at or lower than the national rate.

 

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