Agitation is a significant problem in the management of residents in long‐term care settings. This study assessed the pharmacological treatment of agitation in a 550‐bed nursing home and correlated nurses' ratings of agitation with pharmacological treatment. It further examined the differential use of various psychotropic agents in the management of several sub‐types of agitated behavior. Significant results included: (1) subjects designated as demented and agitated were most likely to receive neuroleptics, while non‐demented agitated residents were most likely to be treated with a benzodiazepine; (2) agitated individuals received significantly less antidepressant treatment than non‐agitated patients. The sub‐typing of agitation may allow for the possibility of more selective treatment of various agitation syndromes.
Journal of American Geriatrics Society – Wiley
Published: Oct 1, 1991
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