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BMC Geriatrics

Psychology, psychiatry and quality of life

Section edited by Kee-Lee Chou

This section considers manuscripts on quality of life, depression, loneliness, family matters, relationships, psychological wellbeing.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed how family caregivers for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or dementia in Japan differed from non-caregivers in characteristics and health outcomes (i.e., comorbidities, health-relate...

    Authors: Amir Goren, William Montgomery, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Tomomi Nakamura and Kaname Ueda

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:122

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as affective symptoms, psychosis, agitation, and apathy are common among nursing home patients with and without dementia. Treatment with one or more psychotropic drug is often w...

    Authors: Christine Gulla, Geir Selbaek, Elisabeth Flo, Reidun Kjome, Øyvind Kirkevold and Bettina S. Husebo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:115

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  3. Content type: Research article

    There has been a substantial number of systematic reviews of stress, coping and interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers. This paper provides a meta-review of this literature 1988-2014.

    Authors: K. J. Gilhooly, M. L. M. Gilhooly, M. P. Sullivan, A. McIntyre, L. Wilson, E. Harding, R. Woodbridge and S. Crutch

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:106

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Neuroimaging-biomarkers of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) allow an early diagnosis in preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The goal in this paper was to review of biomarkers for Mild Cognitive Impa...

    Authors: Qingwei Ruan, Grazia D’Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Zhijun Bao, Antonio Greco and Zhuowei Yu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:104

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The burden on caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is associated with the patient’s functional status and may also be influenced by chronic comorbid medical conditions, such as diabetes. This post...

    Authors: Jeremie Lebrec, Haya Ascher-Svanum, Yun-Fei Chen, Catherine Reed, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Ann Marie Hake, Joel Raskin, Ebrahim Naderali, Dara Schuster, Robert J. Heine and David M. Kendall

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:93

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Self-management is important for family caregivers of people with dementia, especially when they face changes in their relative’s behavior and mood, such as depression, apathy, anxiety, agitation and aggressio...

    Authors: Judith Huis in het Veld, Renate Verkaik, Berno van Meijel, Paul-Jeroen Verkade, Wendy Werkman, Cees Hertogh and Anneke Francke

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:95

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Self-rated health (SRH) has in many population-based studies predicted adverse health outcomes, e.g. morbidity, permanent nursing home (NH) placement, and mortality. However, the predictive value of SRH to NH ...

    Authors: Anni Brit Sternhagen Nielsen, Volkert Siersma, Gunhild Waldemar and Frans Boch Waldorff

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:87

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiological predictions suggest that dementia will continue to rise and that this will have social and economic ramifications. Effective interventions, beyond pharmacological management are needed. Psychos...

    Authors: Bridget Johnston and Melanie Narayanasamy

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:77

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This research report presents findings on ‘start in life’ from a qualitative study of 90-year-olds from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921. The study aimed to contextualise the LBC1921 cohort in time and place, des...

    Authors: Hilary Lapsley, Alison Pattie, John M. Starr and Ian J. Deary

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:74

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Delirium is a frequent, costly and morbid problem. No agent has been shown to modify the natural history of the condition, and current treatments have significant side effects. Prophylactic melatonin in low do...

    Authors: Daniel I. Clayton-Chubb and Peter W. Lange

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:54

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Evidence shows that living in small scale homelike Special Care Units (SCU) has positive effects on behavioural and psychological symptoms of patients with dementia. Effects on cognitive functioning in relatio...

    Authors: Jeroen S. Kok, Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen, Ina J. Berg and Erik J. A. Scherder

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:47

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Delirium is a common condition in hospitalized seniors that nonetheless often goes undetected by nurses or is delayed in being detected which negatively impacts quality of care and outcomes. We sought to devel...

    Authors: Richard W. Shulman, Saurabh Kalra and Joanne Zhuan Jiang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:44

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Valid estimates of health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) are often difficult to obtain from persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and family caregiver proxies. To help assess whether the general public can se...

    Authors: Mark Oremus, Feng Xie, Eleanor Pullenayegum and Kathryn Gaebel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:36

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  14. Content type: Research article

    To explore the perspectives of nursing home (NH) residents with diabetes and their doctors regarding the burdens of living with diabetes and diabetes treatments.

    Authors: Caroline Barnhart, Keelan McClymont, Alex K. Smith, Alvin Au-Yeung and Sei J. Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:28

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Good support from and positive relations with institutional staff can enhance the psychosocial wellbeing of residents admitted to a nursing home. Nursing assistants (NAs) interact most frequently with resident...

    Authors: Chi-chi Lung and Justina Yat Wa Liu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:13

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Despite their strong increase, the population of the very old, including near-centenarians and centenarians, represent an unstudied and underserved population. Available studies mostly concentrate on predictor...

    Authors: Daniela S. Jopp, Min-Kyung S. Park, Jonathan Lehrfeld and Michelle E. Paggi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:1

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Crossing a street can be a very difficult task for older pedestrians. With increased age and potential cognitive decline, older people take the decision to cross a street primarily based on vehicles’ distance,...

    Authors: G. A. Zito, D. Cazzoli, L. Scheffler, M. Jäger, R. M. Müri, U. P. Mosimann, T. Nyffeler, F. W. Mast and T. Nef

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:176

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Over half of the residents in long-term care have a diagnosis of dementia. Maintaining quality of life is important, as there is no cure for dementia. Quality of life may be used as a benchmark for caregiving,...

    Authors: Wendy Moyle, Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Melissa Greben and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:50

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Pain, neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and functional impairment are prevalent in patients with dementia and pain is hypothesized to be causal in both neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and functional impairment. ...

    Authors: Annelore H van Dalen-Kok, Marjoleine JC Pieper, Margot WM de Waal, Albert Lukas, Bettina S Husebo and Wilco P Achterberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:49

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:109

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