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The Boston Globe reports that nursing homes in the United States continue to administer antipsychotic medications to patients who do not fit criteria for these drugs
, in many cases to manage behavior considered disruptive by staff. For example, "in 21 percent of US nursing homes in 2010, at least one-quarter of the residents without illnesses recommended for antipsychotic use received the medications." Overuse of antipsychotic medications appears to correlate with nursing homes that have higher staff:patient ratios and to homes that house more people covered by Medicaid/Medicare.
The Globe requested data related to use of antipsychotics in the nation's 15,600 nursing homes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and analyzed this data along with other demographic information, as described in this article
. The newspaper has also created an interactive database
that allows the user to compare use of antipsychotics at various nursing homes.