The Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (ISSN 2397-5628) is a recently launched, locally edited, multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed international journal, which covers topics of relevance to the care of the elderly.
Concerning Guidelines on the Use of Antipsychotics for Agitation or Psychosis in Dementia
The following article provides a brief overview of the ongoing debate concerning the risks and benefits of using antipsychotics for people with dementia with symptoms of agitation and aggression, or other forms of BPSD, and who may not respond to alternative (non-pharmacological) approaches to treatment.
Bhattacharyya, S. (2016). Antipsychotic medications in dementias: to prescribe or not – the debate continues, Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). June 28th 2016: 3(1), 1-2. [Epub ahead of print].
This relates, in part, to a recently published US guideline:
Reus, VI. Fochtmann, LJ. Eyler, AE. (2016). The American Psychiatric Association practice guideline on the use of antipsychotics to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. American Journal of Psychiatry. May 1st 2016; 173(5): 543-6.
An ensuing discussion:
A hidden dimension of avoidable patient harm? Journal of Geriatric Care and Research. December 2016, 3(2): 52-53.
Bhattacharyya, S. (2016). Author’s response. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research. December 2016, 3(2): 53-54.
Personalised Medicine Versus Guideline-Based Medicine: An Under-Explored and Untapped Theme?
Possibly of tangential interest:
Goldberger, JJ. [and] Buxton, AE. (2013). Personalized medicine vs guideline-based medicine. JAMA. June 26th 2013; 309(24): 2559-60.