Rob J. van Marum

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BACKGROUND Controversy exists as to whether dementia patients should be told their diagnosis. OBJECTIVE This study examined as to whether, both patients with subdued memory impairment and their accompanying relatives want a diagnosis of dementia or somatic disease disclosed to the referred patient. METHOD Fifty consecutive out-patients referred to a(More)
It has been shown that elderly patients with dementia treated with atypical and conventional antipsychotics have a twofold increased risk of cerebrovascular adverse events (CVAEs). To investigate the temporal relationship between exposure to antipsychotics and the risk of CVAE, a case-control analysis nested within a cohort of 26,157 community-dwelling(More)
BACKGROUND Although antipsychotic treatment of behavioral problems in dementia is common, studies investigating the course of these symptoms in nursing homes are scarce. Our primary objective is therefore to describe the course of behavioral problems during antipsychotic treatment in a large sample of elderly nursing home patients with dementia. METHODS(More)
Aim of the study was to analyze temporal trends in prevalence of hyponatremia over four decades in different settings. A systematic review of the literature from 1966 to 2009 yielded prevalences of hyponatremia, with standard errors (SE) and pooled estimated means (PEM), calculated by year and setting (geriatric, ICU, other hospital wards, psychiatric(More)
BACKGROUND Antipsychotic drugs (APD) are widely prescribed for people with dementia residing in long term care facilities (LTCFs). Concern has been expressed that such prescribing is largely inappropriate. The objective of this study is to examine if differences in facility-level prevalence of APD use in a sample of LTCFs for patients with dementia can be(More)
OBJECTIVE For general practitioners (GPs) dizziness is a challenging condition to deal with. Data on the management of dizziness in older patients are mostly lacking. Furthermore, it is unknown whether GPs attempt to decrease Fall Risk Increasing Drugs (FRIDs) use in the management of dizziness in older patients. The aim of this study is to gain more(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to investigate the relationship between exposure to antipsychotic drugs and the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in elderly patients. METHODS A time-matched case-control analysis nested within a cohort of 111,818 patients with at least 1 antipsychotic drug prescription during 1998 to 2008. Data were used from the PHARMO(More)
OBJECTIVE In dialysis-dependent and severe chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, cognitive impairment is found in 16-29%. In community-dwelling population without dementia mixed results have been observed. We investigated the relationship between renal function and cognition in patients from a memory clinic. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study(More)
OBJECTIVE Drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) is one of the most common adverse effects of antipsychotic agents. The limited agreement about which rating scale should be used in clinical practice to assess DIP prompted us to review the feasibility and the psychometric qualities of the available instruments. METHODS The PubMed and EMBASE databases were(More)
OBJECTIVE Hypothermia is an adverse drug reaction (ADR) of antipsychotic drug (APD) use. Risk factors for hypothermia in ADP users are unknown. We studied which risk factors for hypothermia can be identified based on case reports. METHOD Case reports of hypothermia in APD-users found in PUBMED or EMBASE were searched for risk factors. The WHO(More)