In a study of antipsychotics used to treat 75,445 patients in nursing homes in the United States, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Columbia and Rutgers found that “their use cannot be justified as evidence based, and there are clear data confirming their associated risk.” The results were published yesterday in the British Medical Journal. The study’s data regarding the relative risks and efficacy of medications are similar to those of a study of 33,604 outpatients published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (posted on MIA last month).
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