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Expansion of the Reducing Use of Sedatives (RedUSe) project to Australian nursing homes


Westbury, JL and Peterson, GM and Bindoff, IK, Expansion of the Reducing Use of Sedatives (RedUSe) project to Australian nursing homes, 2nd biannual Australian Implemntation Conference, 17 & 18 December 2014, Sydney, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Psychotropic medications work on the brain to affect mental function and behaviour. For over 20 years, concern has been raised over the overuse of psychotropic medication, particularly antipsychotics and benzodiazepines (‘sedatives’) in nursing homes. The Reducing Use of Sedatives (RedUSe) project was developed as a multi-strategic, interdisciplinary initiative aimed to promote the quality use of sedative medication in this setting [1]. The key strategies of RedUSe, namely audit & feedback, education and medication review, were tested in a controlled 6-month trial of 25 nursing homes in 2008/2009. The intervention significantly reduced the rates of antipsychotic and benzodiazepine use and doubled the number of sedative dosage reductions. In addition, the rate of new sedative prescribing in intervention homes was reduced to a quarter of the rate observed in control homes[1]. In 2013, the Australian Government awarded substantial funding to expand RedUSe to 150 nursing homes around the country. This abstract describes how the RedUse project was evaluated and enhanced before national expansion.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:implementation framework, expansion, psychotropic, nursing home
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Westbury, JL (Associate Professor Juanita Breen)
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, IK (Dr Ivan Bindoff)
ID Code:94919
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2014-09-19
Last Modified:2017-10-04

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