Functional decline associated with polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate medications in community-dwelling older adults with dementia. [References].

  • Lau D
  • Mercaldo N
  • Shega J
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Abstract

This study provides empirical evidence on whether polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate prescription medications (PIRx, as defined by the 2003 Beers criteria) increase the likelihood of functional decline among community-dwelling older adults with dementia. Data were from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, Uniform Data Set (9/2005-9/2009). Study sample included 1994 community-dwelling participants aged >65 with dementia at baseline. Results showed that participants having >5 medications were more likely to have functional decline than participants having

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  • Ability Level
  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Polypharmacy
  • Prescription Drugs

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Authors

  • Denys T Lau

  • Nathaniel D Mercaldo

  • Joseph W Shega

  • Alfred Rademaker

  • Sandra. Weintraub

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