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Two-year follow-up study of patients with dementia in an NHS continuing care unit

  • Dilini Jayalath (a1), Kuttalingam Shankar (a1) and Kunle Ashaye (a1)
Abstract
Aims and method

This is a longitudinal, observational prospective study carried out in a 50-bedded dementia care unit. Fifty patients who had been assessed in 2009 as part of an earlier study were reassessed 2 years later.

Results

All patients had a diagnosis of dementia, with Alzheimer's dementia being the most common. By 2011, 23 (46%) patients reviewed in 2009 were deceased. We found that there was a reduction in psychotic symptoms in patients 2 years later despite none of them being on antipsychotics. The most common problems on follow-up were apathy, agitation and aggression, irritability and anxiety.

Clinical implications

Our findings support the view of the need to regularly review patients with dementia who have psychotic symptoms that require antipsychotics, as long-term treatment may not be required or beneficial in light of known adverse side-effects.

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Kunle Ashaye (kunle.ashaye@hertspartsft.nhs.uk)
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Two-year follow-up study of patients with dementia in an NHS continuing care unit

  • Dilini Jayalath (a1), Kuttalingam Shankar (a1) and Kunle Ashaye (a1)
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