In a recent issue of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Viscogliosi et al have achieved important results in testing safer and more effective alternatives in the treatment of agitation in nursing home residents with Alzheimer dementia (AD).
1There is insufficient data on the comparison of citalopram with antipsychotics in this regard, indicating that this study could make important contributions for beneficial treatment options in agitation improvement in AD patients. Besides, the authors may not have considered a few factors that could affect the results in the adjusted analysis. The inclusion of factors such as delirium and the effect of different types of anti-dementia drugs in the analysis are worth discussing.
- Viscogliosi G.
- Chiriac I.M.
- Ettorre E.
Efficacy and safety of citalopram compared to atypical antipsychotics on agitation in nursing home residents with Alzheimer dementia.
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017; 18: 799-802
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Published online: November 15, 2017
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- Efficacy and Safety of Citalopram Compared With Atypical Antipsychotics on Agitation in Nursing Home Residents With Alzheimer DementiaJournal of the American Medical Directors AssociationVol. 19Issue 1
- PreviewWe are delighted to know that our article has captured the attention of readers. Regarding the findings of our previous study, Professor Naharci points out that unrecognized delirium could have had a relevant confounding effect and that the differential role of specific antidementia drugs should have been analyzed in detail. Delirium is a common geriatric syndrome with the highest incidence in acutely ill hospitalized older patients.1 Professor Naharci cited a retrospective study by Dosa et al2 reporting a very high occurrence of either full-spectrum or subsyndromal delirium among long-stay residents.