Category Archives: Systematic Reviews

Developments in Smart Assistive Technology to Support People With Dementia (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A recent systematic investigates the use of remote “sensing technology” to assess behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and for monitoring people with dementia more generally. The broad categories of technology considered include (i) wearable sensors, (ii) non-wearable … Continue reading

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Elderly Depression and Dementia: Underlying Relationships? (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A systematic review examines the relationship(s) between depression and dementia in old age, exploring multiple possible explanations: Depressive symptoms may be a risk factor for dementia. Depressive symptoms may be a prodromal symptom of dementia. Depressive symptoms may be … Continue reading

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Dog Therapy for Dementia? (BMC Psychiatry / Psychogeriatrics / Bazian / BMC Public Health)

Summary An investigation into the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy (AAT) for people with dementia. Full Text Link Reference Klimova, B. Toman, J. [and] Kuca, K. (2019). Effectiveness of the dog therapy for patients with dementia: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry. September 6th 2019; Vol.19(1): 276. … Continue reading

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Late-Life Depression: Prevalence and Treatment Considerations (JGCR / NICE)

Summary It is estimated that around one in four older people may be depressed, although this condition commonly goes unrecognised. A review of the epidemiology, assessment and diagnosis of late-life depression aims to assist in the correct identification and assessment … Continue reading

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Review of Tube Feeding in Advanced Dementia (Journal of Aging Research)

Summary A narrative literature review has investigated tube feeding in persons with advanced dementia, offering a comprehensive and unbiased attempt to achieve a balanced assessment of the perceived benefits and common disadvantages of such interventons, in broad terms of quality … Continue reading

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Dementia Risk Factors Re-Explored / Confirmed (NIHR Signal / BMJ Open)

Summary A further systematic review indicates that unhealthy behaviours tend to increase dementia risk. Pooled meta-analysis of previous research demonstrate a 20% increase in the risk of dementia from one risk factor, while the co-occurrence of three risk factors doubles … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement: Strategies Needed to Reduce Preventable Patient Harm (NIHR Signal / BMJ / Future Healthcare Journal / WHO)

Summary A recent review found that around 6% patients in healthcare settings (internationally) experience potentially preventable harm; with approximately 1 in 8 such cases resulting in severe harm, permanent disability or death​ “Six types of patient harm were identified: drug … Continue reading

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Holistic Consideration of Apathy in Dementia (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

Summary A recent review of apathy proposes an integrative (holistic) model for understanding the condition, in common with other forms of BPSD. “As with other BPSD, …neural mechanisms alone do not completely account for the syndrome – individual, caregiver and … Continue reading

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Benefits of Low-Intensity Activity (Bazian / BMJ / BBC News)

Summary Evidence supports the common-sense view that any type of activity is beneficial for avoiding premature mortality. Conversely, long periods of inactivity and sitting are deleterious to health. Full Text Link Reference ‘Sit less, move more’ may be key advice … Continue reading

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