Table 2

Number of psychotropic drug changes and rate of falls in the 7 days following the psychotropic drug change among 851 long term care residents over one year of follow-up
Psychotropic medication New prescription Dose increase Combined medication change
# of new prescriptions # falls in the 7 days after the med change Rate of falls in the 7 days after the med change* # of dose increases # Falls in the 7 days after the med change Rate of falls in the 7 days after the med change* # of drug changes # Falls in the 7 days after the drug change Rate of falls in the 7 days after the drug change*
Antidepressants 155 19 17.5 221 17 11.0 376 36 13.7
SSRIs 46 4 12.4 62 5 11.5 108 9 11.9
Non-SSRIs 109 15 19.7 159 12 10.8 268 27 14.4
Antipsychotics 74 7 13.5 221 31 20.0 295 38 18.4
Typical 18 2 15.9 27 6 31.7 45 8 25.4
Atypical 56 5 12.8 194 25 18.4 250 30 17.1
Benzodiazepines 178 18 14.4 174 19 15.6 352 37 15.0
Long-Acting 18 2 15.9 23 2 12.4 41 4 13.9
Short-Acting 160 16 14.3 151 17 16.1 311 33 15.2

* per 1,000 person days.

Echt et al.

Echt et al. BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:19   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-13-19

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