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Geriatric psychiatry and cognitive disorders

This section incorporates all areas of geriatric psychiatry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, dementia, biomarkers, pathogenesis, tau pathology and drug development.


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  1. Nursing home patients with dementia use psychotropic drugs longer and more frequently than recommended by guidelines implying psychotropic drugs are not always prescribed appropriately. These drugs can have ma...

    Authors: Klaas van der Spek, Debby L Gerritsen, Martin Smalbrugge, Marjorie HJMG Nelissen-Vrancken, Roland B Wetzels, Claudia HW Smeets, Sytse U Zuidema and Raymond TCM Koopmans

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:307

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. Neuropsychiatric symptoms are highly prevalent in nursing home patients with dementia. Despite modest effectiveness and considerable side effects, psychotropic drugs are frequently prescribed for these neurops...

    Authors: Claudia HW Smeets, Martin Smalbrugge, Debby L Gerritsen, Marjorie HJMG Nelissen-Vrancken, Roland B Wetzels, Klaas van der Spek, Sytse U Zuidema and Raymond TCM Koopmans

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:280

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  3. Most previous studies on the efficacy of antipsychotic medication for the treatment of delirium have reported that there is no significant difference between typical and atypical antipsychotic medications. It ...

    Authors: Hyung-Jun Yoon, Kyoung-Min Park, Won-Jung Choi, Soo-Hee Choi, Jin-Young Park, Jae-Jin Kim and Jeong-Ho Seok

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:240

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Relative to intentional memory encoding, which quickly declines in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), incidental memory for emotional stimuli appears to deteriorate more slowly. We h...

    Authors: Mario A Parra, Vivek Pattan, Dichelle Wong, Anna Beaglehole, Jane Lonie, Hong I Wan, Garry Honey, Jeremy Hall, Heather C Whalley and Stephen M Lawrie

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:76

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  5. Increasing incidences of dementia necessitate the improvement of supportive measures for patients suffering from this disease and their proxies. Clinicians without psychiatric backgrounds and others involved i...

    Authors: Claudia Schiffczyk, Barbara Romero, Christina Jonas, Constanze Lahmeyer, Friedemann Müller and Matthias W Riepe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:73

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  6. Achieving culturally fair assessments of cognitive functioning for Aboriginal people is difficult due to a scarcity of appropriately validated tools for use with this group. As a result, some Aboriginal people...

    Authors: Kylie M Dingwall, Jennifer Pinkerton and Melissa A Lindeman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:42

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  7. The everyday practical capabilities of dementia patients have a direct influence on a patient’s independence and thus on the person’s quality of life and on the amount of care needed. These capabilities are th...

    Authors: Katharina Luttenberger, Anke Schmiedeberg and Elmar Gräßel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:208

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Although most guidelines recommend the use of cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) for mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease, only a small proportion of affected patients receive these drugs. We aimed to study if ...

    Authors: Falk Hoffmann, Hendrik van den Bussche, Birgitt Wiese, Gerhard Schön, Daniela Koller, Marion Eisele, Gerd Glaeske, Martin Scherer and Hanna Kaduszkiewicz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:190

    Content type: Research article

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