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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325560/feasibility-and-predictive-performance-of-the-hendrich-fall-risk-model-ii-in-a-rehabilitation-department-a-prospective-study
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Isabella Campanini, Stefano Mastrangelo, Annalisa Bargellini, Agnese Bassoli, Gabriele Bosi, Francesco Lombardi, Stefano Tolomelli, Mirco Lusuardi, Andrea Merlo
BACKGROUND: Falls are a common adverse event in both elderly inpatients and patients admitted to rehabilitation units. The Hendrich Fall Risk Model II (HIIFRM) has been already tested in all hospital wards with high fall rates, with the exception of the rehabilitation setting. This study's aim is to address the feasibility and predictive performances of HIIFRM in a hospital rehabilitation department. METHODS: A 6 months prospective study in a Italian rehabilitation department with patients from orthopaedic, pulmonary, and neurological rehabilitation wards...
January 11, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298301/mapping-of-global-scientific-research-in-comorbidity-and-multimorbidity-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Ferrán Catalá-López, Adolfo Alonso-Arroyo, Matthew J Page, Brian Hutton, Rafael Tabarés-Seisdedos, Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
BACKGROUND: The management of comorbidity and multimorbidity poses major challenges to health services around the world. Analysis of scientific research in comorbidity and multimorbidity is limited in the biomedical literature. This study aimed to map global scientific research in comorbidity and multimorbidity to understand the maturity and growth of the area during the past decades. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of the Web of Science...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287728/-towards-a-national-strategy-on-the-diagnosis-of-neurocognitive-disorders-a-shared-approach-among-the-french-national-college-of-general-practitioners-and-specialists-of-neurocognitive-disorders
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Pierre Krolak-Salmon, Laurent Letrilliart, Mathieu Ceccaldi, Sandrine Andrieu, Olivier Guérin, Bruno Dubois, Bruno Brochet, Pierre Vandel, Claude Jeandel, Armelle Leperre-Desplanques, Michel Clanet, Pierre-Louis Druais
Neurocognitive disorders leading to progressive cognitive, functional and behavioural impairment are often undiagnosed or diagnosed lately. But tailored care and therapeutics help in implementing secondary and tertiary prevention dynamics aiming at preserving quality of life and delaying, anticipating or preventing behavioural crisis and severe stages of dementia. Moreover, the diagnosis of numerous diseases induces specific care and therapeutics, as well access to research and clinical trials. For the first time, the representatives of the National College of General Practitioners, the French Federation of Memory Centres, the French Federation of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the French Federation of Neurology, the French Society of Psychogeriatrics and the national plan on neurodegenerative diseases propose a graduated and tailored diagnosis strategy involving primary care and specialists of neurocognitive disorders...
December 26, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214153/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-discrepancy-between-clinical-neuroimaging-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-criteria-in-an-italian-cohort-of-geriatric-outpatients-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Giulia A M Dolci, Sarah Damanti, Valeria Scortichini, Alessandro Galli, Paolo D Rossi, Carlo Abbate, Beatrice Arosio, Daniela Mari, Andrea Arighi, Giorgio G Fumagalli, Elio Scarpini, Silvia Inglese, Maura Marcucci
Background: The role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, and neuroimaging in the diagnostic process of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is not clear, in particular in the older patients. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical diagnosis of AD with CSF biomarkers and with cerebrovascular damage at neuroimaging in a cohort of geriatric patients. Methods: Retrospective analysis of medical records of ≥65-year-old patients with cognitive impairment referred to an Italian geriatric outpatient clinic, for whom the CSF concentration of amyloid-β (Aβ), total Tau (Tau), and phosphorylated Tau (p-Tau) was available...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183264/qualitative-analysis-of-the-capacity-to-consent-to-treatment-in-patients-with-a-chronic-neurodegenerative-disease-alzheimer-s-disease-analisi-qualitativa-sulla-capacit%C3%A3-a-prestare-consenso-al-trattamento-in-pazienti-con-malattie-cronico-degenerative-neuropsicoorganiche
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Felice Carabellese, Alan R Felthous, Donatella La Tegola, Giuseppina Piazzolla, Salvatore Distaso, Giancarlo Logroscino, Antonio Leo, Antonio Ventriglio, Roberto Catanesi
OBJECTIVE: Informed consent is an essential element in doctor-patient relationship. In particular, obtaining valid informed consent from patients with neurocognitive diseases is a critical issue at present. For this reason, we decided to conduct research on elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) to assess their capacity to make treatment decisions. METHODS: The experimental group comprised 70 Alzheimer patients who were admitted to the Neurodegenerative Disease Unit of the University of Bari...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161971/lying-to-patients-with-dementia-attitudes-versus-behaviours-in-nurses
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Daniela Cantone, Francesco Attena, Sabrina Cerrone, Antonio Fabozzi, Riccardo Rossiello, Laura Spagnoli, Concetta Paola Pelullo
BACKGROUND: Using lies, in dementia care, reveals a common practice far beyond the diagnosis and prognosis, extending to the entire care process. OBJECTIVES: In this article, we report results about the attitude and the behaviour of nurses towards the use of lies to patients with dementia. RESEARCH DESIGN: An epidemiological cross-sectional study was conducted between September 2016 and February 2017 in 12 elderly residential facilities and in the geriatric, psychiatric and neurological wards of six specialised hospitals of Italy's Campania Region...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148035/late-age-onset-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-is-often-not-considered-in-elderly-people
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E Broussalis, S Grinzinger, A B Kunz, M Killer-Oberpfalzer, E Haschke-Becher, H-P Hartung, J Kraus
INTRODUCTION: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease causing an upper and lower motor neuron loss. It is neurology textbook knowledge that the mean age of onset is about 60 years. However, recent investigations show an increasing incidence in older persons. We therefore evaluated whether ALS is potentially not considered in elderly people with ALS symptoms, respectively, not recognized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included retrospectively all patients with ALS diagnoses after work-up that were admitted to our neurological and geriatric departments from 2007 to 2010 and collected their clinical data...
November 17, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139041/drug-safety-analysis-in-a-real-life-cohort-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-polypharmacy
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Saskia Müller-Rebstein, Claudia Trenkwalder, Jens Ebentheuer, Wolfgang H Oertel, Carsten Culmsee, Günter U Höglinger
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is common in geriatric Parkinson's disease (PD) patients in advanced disease stages with multiple comorbidities, bearing multiple risks for drug safety in theory. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to empirically identify the most frequent and relevant contraindications and drug interactions actually occurring and compromising drug safety in PD in real life. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in a multimorbid cohort of PD patients with polypharmacy admitted to a specialized hospital...
November 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132430/hospital-choice-in-germany-from-the-patient-s-perspective-a-cross-sectional-study
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Werner de Cruppé, Max Geraedts
BACKGROUND: In many countries health policy encourages patients to choose their hospital, preferably by considering information of performance reports. Previous studies on hospital choice mainly have focused on patients undergoing elective surgery. This study examined a representative sample of hospital inpatients across disciplines and treatment interventions in Germany. Its research questions were: How many patients decide where to go for hospital treatment? How much time do patients have before admission? Which sources of information do they use, and which criteria are relevant to their decision? METHODS: Cross-sectional observational study covering 1925 inpatients of 46 departments at 17 hospitals in 2012...
November 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107401/-map-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias-in-spain-mapea-project
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Pablo Martínez-Lage, Manuel Martín-Carrasco, Enrique Arrieta, Jesús Rodrigo, Francesc Formiga
INTRODUCTION: In the current context of increased life expectancy and progressive aging of the population a very significant increase in the number of people with cognitive impairment and dementia is expected. Consequently, Spain will face an enormous social and health problem in the next decades. The Mapa de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias en España project aims to analyse plans, prevention and early diagnosis activities, process of care and resources available across the 17 Spanish regions for the management of cognitive impairment and dementia in order to identify improvement areas, as well as to provide a list of recommendations...
October 26, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094496/knowledge-gap-regarding-dementia-care-among-nurses-in-taiwanese-acute-care-hospitals-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pei-Chao Lin, Mei-Hui Hsieh, Meng-Chin Chen, Yung-Mei Yang, Li-Chan Lin
AIM: The quality of dementia care in hospitals is typically substandard. Staff members are underprepared for providing care to older people with dementia. The objective of the present study was to examine dementia care knowledge, attitude and behavior regarding self-education about dementia care among nurses working in different wards. METHODS: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. The present study was carried out from July 2013 to December 2013. In total, 387 nurses working in different wards were recruited from two hospitals in Taiwan by using convenience sampling...
November 2, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958650/is-routine-head-ct-indicated-in-awake-stable-older-patients-after-a-ground-level-fall
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Rebecca Sartin, Christine Kim, Sharmila Dissanaike
BACKGROUND: Despite the development of several prediction rules to guide head CT imaging, determining whom to screen for head trauma in the geriatric population after a ground level fall remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of head CT on the management of older adult patients who present with a normal GCS after a ground level fall, and to identify factors that could predict the need for neurosurgical intervention. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on hemodynamically stable patients >55 years of age with GCS of 15, who presented to a level 1 trauma center after a ground level fall...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891516/effects-of-donepezil-on-liver-and-kidney-functions-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease
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Zübeyde Erbayraktar, Ahmet Evlice, Görsev Yener, N Nuray Ulusu
Aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of medication with donepezil (acetylcholinesterase inhibitor) on the liver and kidney function in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to compare the effects of donepezil medication during short (one month) and long term (six years) follow-ups. We evaluated female and male patients from Cukurova [42 AD patients; short term (5 mg/day)] and Dokuz Eylul [68 AD patients; long term (10 mg/day)] University Hospital. The results compared with the geriatric population without dementia in other words who are not in medication with donepezil...
2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851278/toscana-virus-meningo-encephalitis-an-important-differential-diagnosis-for-elderly-travellers-returning-from-mediterranean-countries
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James Veater, Farhan Mehedi, Chee Kay Cheung, Laura Nabarro, Jane Osborne, Nicholas Wong, Martin Wiselka, Julian W Tang
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients have a long list of differentials for causes of acute confusion and altered consciousness levels, including infectious agents. In addition, elderly, retired patients often have more time to travel for tourism, particularly to exotic, warmer locations. Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Italy are popular holiday destinations for British and other tourists, especially during the winter months. However, these warm climates allow insect vectors to proliferate, increasing the risk of exposure to endemic vectorborne viral infections whilst on vacation...
August 29, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807442/age-is-related-to-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca-receiving-therapeutic-hypothermia-th
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Se Jong Oh, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Ho Jang, In Cheol Hwang, Jae Hyuk Woo, Yong Su Lim, Hyuk Jun Yang
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the patients' outcomes after cardiac arrest based on age in one center, to determine whether geriatric patients had worse outcomes. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective cohort study. The patients admitted to the intensive care unit on successful resuscitation after OHCA were retrospectively identified and evaluated. RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients over 18years of-age with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) (>24h) after cardiac arrest who were admitted to the emergency intensive care unit (EICU) and received post-cardiac arrest care between March 2007 and December 2013...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795216/the-impact-of-pre-existing-conditions-on-functional-outcome-and-mortality-in-geriatric-hip-fracture-patients
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Christopher Bliemel, Benjamin Buecking, Ludwig Oberkircher, Matthias Knobe, Steffen Ruchholtz, Daphne Eschbach
PURPOSE: Due to pre-existing illnesses, elderly hip fracture patients represent a vulnerable patient population. The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of various pre-existing conditions on the outcomes of hip fracture patients. METHODS: A total of 402 surgically treated geriatric hip fracture patients were included in this prospective, single-centre study. Upon admission, patient age, gender and fracture type were documented, among other information...
October 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751850/anmco-sic-sici-gise-sicch-executive-summary-of-consensus-document-on-risk-stratification-in-elderly-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-before-surgery-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Giovanni Pulignano, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Samuele Baldasseroni, Francesco Bedogni, Giovanni Cioffi, Ciro Indolfi, Francesco Romeo, Adriano Murrone, Francesco Musumeci, Alessandro Parolari, Leonardo Patanè, Paolo Giuseppe Pino, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aortic stenosis is one of the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public health resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly people with severe aortic stenosis is not eligible to surgery because of the advanced age, frailty, and multiple co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748677/subjective-evaluation-of-mood-and-cognitive-functions-in-a-general-neurology-clinic-patients-versus-informants
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Adolfo Jiménez-Huete, Antonio Del Barrio, Elena Riva, Pablo Campo, Rafael Toledano, Oriol Franch
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to determine the correlation between subjective evaluations of mood and cognitive functions by patients and informants, and the findings of a battery of neuropsychological tests. METHODS: We analyzed 74 subjects recruited from a general neurology clinic, comprising 37 patients with cognitive complaints and 37 informants (either relatives or caregivers in close contact with the patients). Four ordinal scales concerning recent memory, verbal expression, initiative, and mood were correlated with the findings of a series of neuropsychological tests and questionnaires using the tau b coefficient...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738866/frequency-associated-features-and-burden-of-neurological-disorders-in-older-adult-inpatients-in-brazil-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Aroldo Bacellar, Bruno B Pedreira, Gersonita Costa, Telma Assis
BACKGROUND: The burden of neurological disorders (NDs) in older adult inpatients is often underestimated. We studied diagnostic frequency and comorbidity of NDs among inpatients aged ≥60 years. We compared rates of hospital mortality, length of stay (LOS), and readmission with younger patient counterparts (aged 18-59 years) and older adult non-neurological patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of inpatients in a tertiary care center in Brazil...
July 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734784/drug-delivery-innovations-to-address-global-health-challenges-for-pediatric-and-geriatric-populations-through-improvements-in-patient-compliance
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Joshua Boateng
Despite significant advances in pharmaceutical and biotechnological drug discovery, the global population is plagued with many challenging diseases. These are further compounded by anticipated explosion in an ageing population, which presents several problems such as polypharmacy, dysphagia, and neurologic conditions, resulting in noncompliance and disease complications. For antibiotics, poor compliance, can result in development of drug-resistant infections which can be fatal. Furthermore, children, especially, in developing countries die unnecessarily from easily treatable diseases (e...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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