Antipsychotic Medications in Dementia Care

Have you ever seen a continuing education course’s title and thought that you already knew about that? Maybe it’s the case when dementia or antipsychotic drugs are mentioned. But, have you heard the latest? Are you aware that antipsychotic medication use has been linked to a higher mortality rate in the elderly with dementia? This online continuing education course will provide you insight on several issues related to antipsychotic medication use in the elderly, including its truths and myths, current and future goals of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care within the dementia community and healthcare’s level of knowledge regarding the delivery of dementia care. The debate and struggle over the use of antipsychotic medications will also be discussed. An overview of dementia pathophysiology will be provided as a framework for the background to the information.

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the reasons why antipsychotic medications are a hazard when used to control behavioral symptoms in patients with dementia.
  2. Discuss non-pharmacologic approaches in an effort to control symptoms.
  3. Discuss drugs that are approved by the FDA in dementia.
  4. List CMS recommendations that will discourage antipsychotic medication use.


Chapter 1: The Problem

Chapter 2: Dementia Spectrum- Overview, Stages & Diagnosis

Chapter 3: Dementia- Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Treatment

Chapter 4: CMS Goals for Long-Term Care Facilities​

Chapter 5: Resources

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Carol Knauff

Carol Knauff, MSN, RN, CCRN is a Registered since 1978. Carol is currently the Patient Care Manager for St. Luke’s Endoscopy Center- Buxmont in Sellersville PA.  Areas of expertise include: critical care, gastroenterology, diabetes care and gerontology nursing. She is active in bedside nursing, administrative and education roles. She has been active faculty for multiple universities and private nursing education companies.

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