QIO News

Doctor with a textbook

This issue of QIO News focuses on how promoting person engagement and health literacy through medication education and multicultural communication can improve health outcomes for seniors.

QIOs in Action

The use of antipsychotic drugs has been linked to a handful of lasting side effects, including weight gain, type II diabetes, hyperlipidemia and depression, among others. Antipsychotics are occasionally used to treat behavioral problems in older patients with aggressive mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, these prescriptions often do more harm than good – significantly increasing the likelihood of patient depression and mortality.