Category Archives: Systematic Reviews

Review of Community-Based Services Designed to Avoid or Delay Residential Care Home Admissions (BMC Geriatrics)

Summary An Australian systematic review investigated the effectiveness of community-based care interventions for the elderly in terms of their role in avoiding or delaying admission to residential care. It was found that multi-factorial, individualised community programmes are more effective, while … Continue reading

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Review of Socially Assistive Robots (Journal of Medical Internet Research)

Summary A recent systematic review of the literature on the uses and efficacy of socially assistive robots (SARs) notes that the limited evidence to date in the field of mental health focuses largely on applications of SARs for elderly persons with dementia. There is … Continue reading

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Screening Tools for Dementia and Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals: Validity and Accuracy (PLoS One)

Summary A Swiss systematic review investigated the diagnostic accuracy and validity of various tools for screening dementia and / or cognitive impairment in hospital patients. The aim was to provide up-to-date evidence for the choice of cognitive tests best suited … Continue reading

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Review of Internet-Based Support for Family Carers of People With Dementia (JMIR)

Summary A recent systematic review investigates: (i) the main components of existing internet-based interventions which support family carers of people living with dementia, (ii) those components which are most valued by caregivers themselves, and (iii) the evidence for the effectiveness … Continue reading

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More on the Likely Benefits of Resilience, Marriage and Social Integration (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health / Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry)

Summary Autonomy among more “resilient” individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) appears to be higher than among “non-resilient” individuals. Outcomes were measured in terms of independence, measured by performance of basic activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily … Continue reading

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Estimated Burden of Alcohol-Related Care in NHS Hospitals (BBC News / Addiction / Bazian)

Summary Alcohol-related medical conditions cost the NHS in the UK roughly £3.5 billion per year. One in five UK hospital patients drink alcohol harmfully, according to a recent study. Full Text Link Reference Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK … Continue reading

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Dementia Biomarkers Re-Explored? (General Psychiatry / JGCR)

Summary A recent systematic review examines biomarkers, as strictly defined, for neurodegenerative diseases. “Vast improvements in neuroimaging techniques have led to newly discovered biomarkers and diagnostics”. p.5 Behavioural biomarkers are mentioned hardly at all. Full Text Link Reference Maclin, JMA. … Continue reading

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