Five ways Dur­gin Pines pared back drug overuse:

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Had doc­tors ques­tion ev­ery

re­quest for an­tipsy­chotic drugs.

Held staff ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions

on ev­ery shift.

Pro­vided one-on-one feed­back within 24 hours of an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­quest.

Used “global stim­u­lus re­duc­tion” to re­move trig­gers that up­set pa­tients.

Re­quired re-eval­u­a­tions within 72 hours for pa­tients pre­scribed the drugs.

To re­duce overuse of an­tipsy­chotics, Dur­gin Pines nurs­ing home changed en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as light­ing and the din­ing ser­vice.

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