Development of a hospice formulary for psychotropic medications

Amy V Barnhorst, James A. Bourgeois, John MacMillan Jr

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Abstract

Objective: The authors describe the concept of hospice formulary as is utilized at the hospice service of a university medical center. Method: A periodic review of hospice formulary, focusing on psychotropic medications and delirium prevention, was accomplished in 2006. This effort represents a multidisciplinary effort among hospice nursing, internal medicine, and psychiatry. Results: An updated formulary adopting contemporary psychopharmacologic best practices was produced and implemented along with targeted in-service training to nurse clinicians. Significance of results: The modern hospice formulary offers opportunities to offer state-of-the-art psychopharmacological care and minimization of delirium through judicious use of psychopharmacological treatments for the psychiatric comorbidities common in terminally ill patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalPalliative and Supportive Care
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Formulary
  • Hospice
  • Psychotropic medications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Nursing(all)

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