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What is CLeAR?
CLeAR – the Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care – is a voluntary initiative that supports teams from residential care homes in BC to address the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) with a focus on reducing inappropriate use of antipsychotics

What do members of CLeAR do?
CLeAR can support your care home’s efforts to address BPSD whether it has yet to start doing so or if it is well underway. CLeAR provides an opportunity to:

  • Access resources and guidelines;
  • Receive improvement coaching and support;
  • Participate in local, regional and provincial learning activities;
  • Support the development of new strategies to improve care for residents;
  • Learn non-pharmalogical approaches to addressing BPSD;
  • Implement evidence-based practices through the provincial BPSD algorithm and PIECES approaches within your local context; and
  • Share, problem-solve and learn from other teams in CLeAR.

Who has participated?
Over the two waves of CLeAR, more than 80 care homes from all across BC have participated voluntarily. This map shows the distribution of care homes that have been a part of CLeAR.

What’s already happened?
From October 2013 to December 2014, residential care homes across British Columbia joined the first wave of CLeAR – a Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care. Many achieved a steady decline in antipsychotic use that contributed to improved quality of life for residents. Read a report here.

Wave 2 of CLeAR started in October 2015 and and ended on December 31, 2016. Report of Wave 2 coming soon!