Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Best of the Rest: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (April 2011)

Summary Each month a wide range of systematic reviews and meta-analyses are examined in the process of compiling the “Dementia: the Latest Evidence” newsletter. It is impractical to include all of these in any given month’s newsletter. Here is a brief listing … Continue reading

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Atrial Fibrillation and Dementia

Abstract This systematic review examined the association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and dementia. Fifteen relevant studies were considered covering 46,637 participants, mean age 71.7 years. An association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and increased incidence of dementia was discovered in patients … Continue reading

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Almitrine-Raubasine Combination (Duxil) for Dementia

Abstract This systematic review investigated almitrine-raubasine combination (brand name Duxil) as an alternative treatment for dementia. There was insufficient evidence to support the routine use of Duxil for the treatment of patients with dementia, due to the low methodological quality … Continue reading

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Making Sense: Working in Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in General Hospitals (RCN)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 12, July 2011]. Summary The Royal College of Nursing and St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are jointly holding a one-day event … Continue reading

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Brain Scans Detect Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 10, May 2011]. Abstract MRI brain scans may indicate potential Alzheimer’s Disease years before symptoms appear, according to results from a small study on … Continue reading

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Interventions to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing in Nursing Homes: a Systematic Review

Abstract Residents in nursing homes have tended to be exposed to inappropriate medication, particularly in regard to the excessive use of anti-psychotics which are commonly prescribed for nursing home residents suffering from dementia. This review attempted to identify the effect … Continue reading

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Evaluation of UK Integrated Care Pilots (Research Protocol)

Abstract The NHS appointed 16 Integrated Care Pilots with a range of aims, including the development of new organisational structures to support integration, changes in staff roles, reducing unscheduled or unnecessary emergency hospital admissions, reducing the length of hospital stay, … Continue reading

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