The authors of this article investigated the relationships between medication, dementia and falls in community-dwelling elders receiving home health care services. This population had high rates of psychotropic drug use (61%), dementia (38%) and falls (37%). No significant relationships were found between psychotropic drug use in elders, with or without dementia, and the prevalence of falls.
The authors conclude that in the population studied there is no relationship between dementia, psychotropic drugs, and falls. These results are apparently contrary to the emerging “conventional wisdom” and the main body of research into the broad area of antipsychotic prescribing in dementia; hence this paper is offered for consideration in the interests of novelty and “balance”.
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Chen, SS. Olson, SL, Gleeson, P. [et al] (2012). Assessment of impact of medication use and dementia on fall risk in clients receiving home health care. Home Health Care Management and Practice, October 2012; Vol.24(5): pp.228-233.