Nonbeneficial Drugs Cost Patients with Advanced Dementia

Nonbeneficial medications cost residents $816 per quarter.

This study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, outlines the controversy of nonbeneficial medication and treatment in long-term care environments.  

Jennifer Tija, MD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, and colleagues aimed to estimate the prevalence of medications with questionable benefit used by nursing home residents with advanced dementia, identify resident- and facility-level characteristics associated with such use, and estimate associated medication expenditures.

Of 5406 nursing home residents with advanced dementia, 2911 (53.9%) received at least 1 medication with questionable benefit.

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