Why Are Nursing Homes Diagnosing Patients With Schizophrenia?
In this episode of Schizophrenia and The City, Michelle examines a recent New York Times article that investigates the misdiagnoses of nursing home patients with schizophrenia. Because of the lack of staff to care for patients, nursing homes try to sedate their patients to control them, and so purposely diagnose them with schizophrenia in order to justify the use of antipsychotics. The worst part is, antipsychotics nearly double the chance of death when used on the elderly – clearly the opposite of what a nursing home should be doing. In addition, nurses report medications that patients take to the government, suggesting possible government oversight. In addition, nursing homes have been employing this practice for decades, treating patients with drugs that they don’t need and essentially killing them. As Michelle puts it, this is simply absurd.
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