Category Archives: Systematic Reviews

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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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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