Category Archives: Systematic Reviews

Reducing Under-Usage of Medications (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary A meta-analysis investigating the impact of pharmaceutical care interventions for medication underuse in older people has shown that such interventions, including medication reviews, can reduce medication under-use in older people. Full Text Link Reference Meid, AD. Lampert, A. [and] … Continue reading

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Hospital-Based Dementia Training: a Literature Review (Aging and Mental Health)

Summary A recent review investigated the growing literature on dementia training programmes in hospital settings. It found a wide variability in the content and mode(s) of delivery; with interdisciplinary ward-based, tailor-made short sessions, using experiential and active learning, being the … Continue reading

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No Evidence Vitamin E Benefits Persons With Alzheimer’s Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (Cochrane Database)

Summary There is no evidence that Vitamin E supplementation, in the alpha-tocopherol form, given to people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) would help to prevent or delay the progression to dementia. Similarly, there is no evidence that Vitamin E supplementation … Continue reading

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Latest Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Physical Exercise and Cognitive Function in Adults Older Than 50 Years of Age (BBC News / NHS Choices / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary An Australian review of 39 studies has found that physical exercise (aerobic exercise and strength training) appears to improve cognitive functioning, including memory and attention. Interventions such as aerobic exercise, resistance training, multicomponent training and tai chi all confer significant … Continue reading

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Review of Simulated Presence Therapy for BPSD (Cochrane Database)

Summary Simulated Presence Therapy (SPT) is any type of intervention which uses video or audiotape recordings of family members presented to persons with dementia, and is viewed by some to be a possible approach to treating the behavioural and psychological … Continue reading

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Differing Assessments of the Benefits of Physical Activity for Persons With Dementia (Biomedical Research International / Cochrane Database)

Summary Physical activity is widely recognised as being beneficial for persons of all ages. When it comes to consideration of the value of such activity for persons with dementia, recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses have been more ambivalent, with “conventional … Continue reading

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Review of Interventions for BPSD: a SENATOR-ONTOP Systematic Review (BMJ Open)

Summary A recent broad-ranging systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) covers (i) sensory stimulation, including acupressure, aromatherapy, massage / touch therapy, light therapy and sensory gardens, (ii) cognitive / emotion-oriented interventions including cognitive … Continue reading

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