Mortality risk in patients with dementia treated with antipsychotics versus other psychiatric medications.

@article{Kales2007MortalityRI,
  title={Mortality risk in patients with dementia treated with antipsychotics versus other psychiatric medications.},
  author={Helen C. Kales and Marcia Valenstein and Hyungjin Myra Kim and John McCarthy and Dara Ganoczy and F Cunningham and Frederic C. Blow},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={2007},
  volume={164 10},
  pages={1568-76; quiz 1623}
}
OBJECTIVE Mortality rates in the year following new antipsychotic medication starts for neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia were compared with rates after starts of other psychiatric medications. METHOD The retrospective, cohort study used national data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (fiscal years 2001-2005) on patients older than 65 years who began outpatient treatment with psychiatric medication following a dementia diagnosis (N=10,615). Twelve-month mortality rates were compared… CONTINUE READING