Susan L Lakey

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BACKGROUND A variety of strategies are available to assist older adults who have difficulties managing medications. Little is known about older adults' knowledge of or willingness to use these strategies. OBJECTIVE To assess older adults' current use of, knowledge of, and preferences for medication management tools and supports. METHODS A(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the associations between depressive symptoms, antidepressant use, and duration of use with incident frailty 3 years later in nonfrail women aged 65 and older. DESIGN Secondary analysis of the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS), a prospective cohort study. SETTING WHI-OS was conducted in 40 U.S. clinical centers.(More)
BACKGROUND Psychotropic medication use in community residential care (CRC) facilities has been reported to be similar to that found in nursing homes before the implementation of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to (1) describe patterns of psychotropic medication use at baseline and after 1 year of(More)
BACKGROUND It is estimated that major depressive disorder affects 0.9% of community-dwelling older adults in the United States. However, as many as 18% of older US adults reportedly suffer from depressive symptoms that do not necessarily fit the criteria for major depressive disorder (eg, dysthmia, minor depression). OBJECTIVES The goals of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Prescribing and counseling practices in hormone therapy (HT) since publication of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trials have changed. Our objective was to compare changes by practice field and region. METHODS Between December 2005 and May 2006, we mailed surveys to 938 practitioners from two large integrated health systems in the(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe anticholinergic use patterns in older adult home health recipients and examine their relationship to evidence of cognitive impairment. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING A home health care agency in Eastern Washington state. PARTICIPANTS Potential study subjects were 174 recipients of home health services between March 1, 2006,(More)
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