Behavioral symptoms and the administration of psychotropic drugs to aged patients with dementia in nursing homes and in acute geriatric wards.

@article{Pitkala2004BehavioralSA,
  title={Behavioral symptoms and the administration of psychotropic drugs to aged patients with dementia in nursing homes and in acute geriatric wards.},
  author={Kaisu H. Pitkala and Jouko V. Laurila and Timo E Strandberg and Reijo Sakari Tilvis},
  journal={International psychogeriatrics},
  year={2004},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={61-74}
}
OBJECTIVES To describe the prevalence of various psychiatric and behavioral symptoms among patients with dementia in nursing homes and acute geriatric wards and to investigate the administration of psychotropic medications to these patients. METHODS 425 consecutive patients (>70 years) in six acute geriatric wards in two city hospitals and seven nursing homes in Helsinki, Finland, were assessed with an extensive interview, cognitive tests, and attention tests. Of these, 255 were judged to… CONTINUE READING
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