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Tardive Dyskinesia: Facts the mental health administrator may not know

  • Kenneth M. Slaw
  • John E. Kalachnik


Hospitals and other health care organizations are under constant pressure to meet standards which ensure patient progress and welfare. It is their ethical and professional responsibility to do so. Should a hospital fail to meet these standards, legal entanglements will occur.

In general, the health care community makes a sincere attempt to meet its ethical obligations. When a hospital does not, however, it may be that methods and procedures to meet the standard of care are not specified or do not exist.

The purpose of this article is to communicate to healthcare administrators, especially those working in the mental health field, that
  • ▪ Tardive dyskinesia is a very real problem that must be resolved soon.

  • ▪ There is a legal mandate which demands hospitals to systematically monitor for behavioral side effects due to neuroleptic medications.

  • ▪ The price for failing to monitor for TD may cost the hospital and physicians millions of dollars.

  • ▪ There is a cost-effective, efficient and reliable manner in which to manage this problem.

The solution calls for a comprehensive dyskinesia monitoring and cvaluation system.


Tardive Dyskinesia Hospital Administrator Mental Health Field Task Force Report Neuroleptic Medication 
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  • Kenneth M. Slaw
  • John E. Kalachnik

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