3. Potential Challenges Associated with the Gradual Dose Reduction of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care Settings
This chapter will describe the potential challenges and practical solutions associated with the gradual dose reduction of antipsychotics in long-term care settings. Potential challenges that will be discussed include: silo approach to care, misunderstanding of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid regulation regarding the use of antipsychotics, unfamiliarity with assessment tools to monitor antipsychotic use, and gradual dose reduction of antipsychotics. It is done without emphasis on the use of nonpharmacological approaches to management of behavioral symptoms.