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Evaluating Medical Decision-Making Capacity in Practice - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2018 - Medical decision-making capacity is the ability of a patient to understand the benefits and risks of, and the alternatives to, a proposed treatment or intervention (including no treatment). Capacity is the basis of informed consent. Patients have medical decision-making capacity if they...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p40.html

Delirium in Older Persons: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2014 - Delirium is defined as an acute, fluctuating syndrome of altered attention, awareness, and cognition. It is common in older persons in the hospital and long-term care facilities and may indicate a life-threatening condition. Assessment for and prevention of delirium should occur at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0801/p150.html

Behavioral Disorders in Dementia: Appropriate Nondrug Interventions and Antipsychotic ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia pose management challenges for caregivers and clinicians. Firstline nonpharmacologic treatments include eliminating physical and emotional stressors, modifying the patient’s environment, and establishing daily routines. Family members ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p276.html

Clinical Vignettes in Geriatric Depression - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2011 - The diagnosis of depression in older patients is often complicated by comorbid conditions, such as cerebrovascular disease or dementia. Tools specific for this age group, such as the Geriatric Depression Scale or the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia, may assist in making the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1149.html

Pharmacologic Interventions for Apathy in Patients with Alzheimer Disease - Cochrane ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Methylphenidate may improve apathy in select patients with AD (mean difference [MD] = –4.99 on the apathy evaluation scale; 95% confidence interval [CI], –9.55 to –0.43), although the clinical significance associated with these findings remains unclear and the evidence is considered low...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p14.html

Evaluation and Management of Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2008 - Delirium is common in hospitalized older patients and may be a symptom of a medical emergency, such as hypoxia or hypoglycemia. It is characterized by an acute change in cognition and attention, although the symptoms may be subtle and usually fluctuate throughout the day. This ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1265.html

Light Therapy Improves Behavioral Disturbances, Sleep, Depression in Older Patients ...

Feb 15, 2018 - In this meta-analysis, older patients with cognitive impairment who were exposed to light therapy had moderate improvements in behavioral disturbances, small improvements in sleep quality, and moderate improvements in depression. The authors did not report data on responders vs. ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od2.html

The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit: A Resource for Family Physicians - Editorials - American ...

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit was designed to give primary care physicians access to recommended materials to identify, screen, care for, and educate patients with cognitive impairment, as well as assist caregivers.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p630.html

Dementia Care: More Than Just Prescription Drugs - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - Rather than focusing on medications to achieve a small temporary difference in cognition, patients and families might be better served if we focused more on nonpharmacologic treatments, and on more important issues, such as advance directives, driving, living arrangements, caregiver ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p766.html

Citalopram Plus Methylphenidate Better Than Either Alone for Geriatric Depression - ...

Nov 1, 2015 - Combined treatment with citalopram plus methylphenidate provided faster improvement of depression symptoms in older patients with unipolar depression. Combined treatment was also more likely than either medication alone to lead to remission of depression at four weeks and 16 weeks.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p820.html

Depression in Later Life: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge - American Family ...

May 15, 2004 - Depression in elderly persons is widespread, often undiagnosed, and usually untreated. The current system of care is fragmented and inadequate, and staff at residential and other facilities often are ill-equipped to recognize and treat patients with depression. Because there is no ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2375.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? Yes: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Being able to anticipate and mitigate the potentially adverse outcomes of hospitalization in these patients should be reason enough to screen for cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p861.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? No: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Dementia screening should not be exempt from the requirement that it first be shown to improve outcomes before being implemented in practice.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p864.html

Exercise Effective for Depression in Older Patients - POEMs - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2013 - An organized exercise program for older patients, which may include strength training, endurance training, or both, may be helpful for some patients with symptoms of depression. The results will not be striking, but exercise is an option for patients willing to participate.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/od2.html

Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2000 - The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 limited the use of psychotropic medications in residents of long-term care facilities. Updates of OBRA guidelines have liberalized some dosing restrictions, but documentation of necessity and periodic trials of medication withdrawal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1437.html

Alcoholism in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2000 - Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are common but underrecognized problems among older adults. One third of older alcoholic persons develop a problem with alcohol in later life, while the other two thirds grow older with the medical and psychosocial sequelae of early-onset alcoholism. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1710.html

Depression Without Sadness: Alternative Presentations of Depression in Late Life - ...

Sep 1, 1999 - Older adults often deny feeling sad while exhibiting other characteristics of depression. Elderly patients with depression who do not present with sadness often have unexplained somatic complaints and exhibit a sense of hopelessness. Anxiety and anhedonia (a general loss of ability to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0901/p820.html

Predicting Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Nov 15, 2007 - Delirium is a common complication in hospitalized older patients, particularly in those in the intensive care unit.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1527.html

Monitoring Therapy for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Jun 1, 2007 - Patients with Alzheimer's disease who undergo treatment of any kind should be monitored eight weeks after initiation of therapy and at least every six months thereafter.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1703.html

Antidepressants in Older Persons - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2006 - In older persons with depression, three classes of antidepressants are equally effective: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants, and tricyclic-like compounds. More patients taking classic tricyclic antidepressants stopped their medications because of...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1101/p1503.html

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