Psychotropic drug use in long-term care facilities: A review of the literature

Charlene Harrington, Catherine Tompkins, Mike Curtis, Leslie Grant

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We reviewed 19 studies of psychotropic drug use for residents of long-term care facilities, located through a MEDLINE search of the literature published between 1978 and 1990. The review compares each study in terms of its sample, research design, and findings. The studies reviewed found that a substantial proportion of nursing home residents are taking psychotropic drugs on a regular, long-term basis and this usage is accompanied by prescribing and monitoring problems and many potential adverse risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-833
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992


  • Drug outcomes
  • Nursing homes
  • Psychoactive drugs

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