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Thyroid function tests before prescribing anti-dementia drugs: a retrospective observational study

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, July 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#38 of 1,360)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (93rd percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (90th percentile)

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Title
Thyroid function tests before prescribing anti-dementia drugs: a retrospective observational study
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Clinical Interventions in Aging, July 2018
DOI 10.2147/cia.s168182
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Nobuo Sakata, Yasuyuki Okumura

Abstract

Treatable causes of cognitive dysfunction, such as hypothyroidism, should be excluded by physicians before prescribing anti-dementia drugs. Many clinical guidelines for dementia recommend a thyroid function test (TFT) as one of the standard screening tests for cognitive dysfunction. This study aimed to investigate the national implementation rate of TFTs during the 365 days before the initiation of anti-dementia drugs. In this retrospective observational study, using Japan's nationwide claim database, we enrolled ≥65-year-old patients who were newly prescribed anti-dementia drugs between April 2015 and March 2016. The outcome of this study was the implementation of TFTs in the 365 days prior to the index date. We used demographic data, including age, sex, comorbidities, home-based/institutional care, and provider type, as covariates. We identified 262,279 patients newly prescribed anti-dementia drugs; of these, only 32.6% underwent TFTs before the initiation of anti-dementia drug treatment. Patients treated in dementia care centers were twice as likely to undergo TFTs as those treated in clinics (57% vs 26%; adjusted risk ratio: 2.17; 95% confidence interval: 2.01-2.33). In Japan, patients with dementia often do not undergo TFTs before being prescribed anti-dementia drugs, particularly in a primary care setting. This suggests that the practice of screening treatable cognitive dysfunction should be audited.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 14 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 4 29%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 14%
Other 2 14%
Researcher 2 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 7%
Other 3 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 7 50%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 29%
Psychology 3 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 July 2018.
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#433,756
of 13,368,005 outputs
Outputs from Clinical Interventions in Aging
#38
of 1,360 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#17,282
of 267,151 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Clinical Interventions in Aging
#2
of 21 outputs
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