Nursing home social services and post-acute care: Does more qualified staff improve behavioral symptoms and reduce antipsychotic drug use?

March 1, 2020


  • Amy Restorick Roberts
  • Austin C. Smith
  • John R. Bowblis

An increasing number of post-acute care patients are admitted to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with behavioral symptoms such as wandering and rejecting care, which can interfere with care and place a patient at risk of social isolation or injury. This study examines whether increasing the qualifications of social service staff through using a greater proportion of qualified social workers (QSWs) instead of paraprofessionals improves patients' behavioral symptoms and reduces the use of antipsychotic medications. 

JAMDA. doi 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.07.024


  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Workforce Issues