The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association recently published a study on the incidence of hip fractures among older adults afflicted with dementia and using anti-psychotic medications. The study reports that there is a higher incidence of hip fractures among this patient population.The study reviewed data from the Minimum Data Sets (MDS’s) from nursing homes. This is a form which nursing homes use to report data to the federal government. This means that the entire study population was nursing home residents.The takeaway from this: anti-psychotic usage is linked to a higher rate of hip fractures, likely due to falls by nursing home patients. This means that anti-psychotic usage should be taken into account in doing fall risk assessments of nursing home residents and developing fall prevention care plans. It also means that the use of anti-psychotics to address issues associated with dementia should be given careful consideration before proceeding with that kind of drug therapy.