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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of pet therapy on geriatric psychiatry inpatients. A demonstrable impact could lead to more widespread or targeted use of animal companionship programs for hospitalized older persons. METHOD The study design was a randomized, parallel-group control treatment trial with pretreatment and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of a dementia care program to reduce behavior disorders in nursing home patients with dementia. DESIGN Randomized controlled clinical trial with 6-month follow-up. SETTING A 250-bed community nursing home. PATIENTS The nursing home was screened to identify patients with dementia and behavior disorders. A total of 118(More)
The authors prospectively studied psychotropic prescribing practices and quality assurance data in 17 nursing homes in the Baltimore area to assess the impact of federal antipsychotic drug regulations. There was a 36% reduction in prescriptions for neuroleptics over 6 months, no increase in prescriptions for sedative/hypnotics, and a small increase in(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is the most prevalent disabling psychiatric syndrome of aging and may lead to important decrements in the elderly depressed patient's health-related quality of life (HRQL). The goal of this study was to determine whether severity of chronic illness at admission, severity of depressive symptoms at admission, or living alone before(More)
The authors present the results of a survey that inquired into the religious life of 121 residents from 5 psychiatric residency programs. In addition, the study sought to explore the didactic and supervision experience of the residents regarding religious issues. The authors' results show that this group of residents appears to be more religious than what(More)
The objective of this study was to assess benzodiazepine use and the treatment of depression before admission to an inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit in a sample of elderly patients. The study design was a retrospective chart review, and the setting was a university hospital inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit. The subjects included 131 consecutively(More)
1. A care environment, per se, can foster patient recovery and confidence that things will work out as well as can be expected when staff practices and explicit processes are patient-centered and adapted to developmental and individual needs. 2. Separating more cognitively impaired from higher functioning patients and developing more specialized nursing(More)
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