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People Living at Home with Dementia at Risk of Off-Label Antipsychotic Usage

Off-label use of antipsychotic medications to treat patients with dementia has reduced dramatically in recent years due to education programs warning of increased risk of death. However, a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found warnings to nursing homes about the increased risk of death are not extended to community-based physicians.

See the news release for more information. Learn more about DOs and the osteopathic approach to medicine by visiting www.DoctorsThatDO.org.

 

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.