Rituparna Bhattacharya

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BACKGROUND Anticholinergic medications, although frequently used in elderly populations, are associated with cognitive impairment and constitute significant concern for patients with dementia. OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to examine patterns and predictors of prescribing anticholinergic agents for elderly outpatients with dementia. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Among elderly patients, the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is complicated by population heterogeneity and elderly-specific complexities. Few studies have been done to understand treatment intensification among elderly patients failing multiple oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs). OBJECTIVE To examine the association between time to(More)
BACKGROUND Depression and anxiety have been reported to be associated with chronic physical conditions. We examined the excess risk of chronic physical conditions associated with depression and/or anxiety within a multivariate framework controlling for demographic and modifiable lifestyle risk factors. METHODS We used a retrospective cross-sectional study(More)
Antidepressant use has been linked to new-onset diabetes. However, the existing literature on this relationship has yielded inconsistent findings. The primary objective of this study was to systematically synthesize the literature on the relationship between antidepressant use and new-onset diabetes using meta-analysis. A systematic literature search was(More)
AIMS We evaluated the association of combined use of antidepressants and statins and the risk of new-onset diabetes among high-risk adults. METHODS We used a retrospective, observational, longitudinal design among adults (age ≥ 22 years) who were diabetes free at baseline and had reported hypertension or hyperlipidemia or heart disease. We used data were(More)
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OBJECTIVES To compare clinical and economic outcomes of early insulin initiation with those of delayed initiation in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Humana Medicare Advantage health insurance plan. PARTICIPANTS Older (≥65) Medicare beneficiaries with T2DM. MEASUREMENTS Subjects were(More)
BACKGROUND There are many studies in the literature on the association between depression treatment and health expenditures. However, there is a knowledge gap in examining this relationship taking into account coexisting chronic conditions among patients with diabetes. We aim to analyze the association between depression treatment and healthcare(More)
Objective. To examine the association between type of multimorbidity and CAM use among adults with multimorbidity. Methods. The current study used a cross-sectional design with retrospective data from 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Multimorbidity was classified into two groups: (1) adults with coexisting physical and mental illnesses and (2) adults(More)
Ready-made sachets of oral rehydration solution for the treatment of diarrhea are constantly in short supply in developing countries. Thus, the effective use of home-made salt-sugar solution (SSS) by trained persons in the community is considered crucial. An education material for such a training was prepared based on the findings of beliefs and practices(More)