Use of drugs for elderly patients with dementia often increases their vulnerability and results in hospital admissions. Research into early interventions for dementia management in the municipality of Kalmar, Sweden, investigated the optimum pharmacological treatments for people with dementia and the possibility of a relationship between the dementia programme in a community setting and the use of psychotropic medications. Retrospective analysis of drug use by the elderly (aged 75 years and older) in the Kalmar municipality, when compared with drug usage patterns in Sweden as a whole, indicated that the local dementia programme had potential for bringing about improvements in psychotropic drug use (as a “secondary effect”) at no extra cost.
Jedenius, E. Johnell, K. [and] Fastbom, J. [et al] (2011). Dementia management programme in a community setting and the use of psychotropic drugs in the elderly population. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, September 2011, Vol.29(3), pp.181-6. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).