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Optimal nonpharmacological management of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease: challenges and solutions

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, February 2016
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Title
Optimal nonpharmacological management of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease: challenges and solutions
Published in
Clinical Interventions in Aging, February 2016
DOI 10.2147/cia.s69484
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José Carlos Millan-Calenti, Laura Lorenzo-López, Begoña Alonso-Búa, Carmen de Labra Pinedo, Isabel González-Abraldes, Ana Maseda

Abstract

Many patients with Alzheimer's disease will develop agitation at later stages of the disease, which constitutes one of the most challenging and distressing aspects of dementia. Recently, nonpharmacological therapies have become increasingly popular and have been proven to be effective in managing the behavioral symptoms (including agitation) that are common in the middle or later stages of dementia. These therapies seem to be a good alternative to pharmacological treatment to avoid unpleasant side effects. We present a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) focused on the nonpharmacological management of agitation in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients aged 65 years and above. Of the 754 studies found, eight met the inclusion criteria. This review suggests that music therapy is optimal for the management of agitation in institutionalized patients with moderately severe and severe AD, particularly when the intervention includes individualized and interactive music. Bright light therapy has little and possibly no clinically significant effects with respect to observational ratings of agitation but decreases caregiver ratings of physical and verbal agitation. Therapeutic touch is effective for reducing physical nonaggressive behaviors but is not superior to simulated therapeutic touch or usual care for reducing physically aggressive and verbally agitated behaviors. Melissa oil aromatherapy and behavioral management techniques are not superior to placebo or pharmacological therapies for managing agitation in AD. Further research in clinical trials is required to confirm the effectiveness and long-term effects of nonpharmacological interventions for managing agitation in AD. These types of studies may lead to the development of future intervention protocols to improve the well-being and daily functioning of these patients, thereby avoiding residential care placement.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 275 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 48 17%
Student > Master 33 12%
Researcher 28 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 9%
Student > Postgraduate 23 8%
Other 63 23%
Unknown 59 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 60 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 51 18%
Psychology 43 15%
Social Sciences 13 5%
Neuroscience 11 4%
Other 35 13%
Unknown 66 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. 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 09 November 2020.
All research outputs
#1,879,516
of 16,882,949 outputs
Outputs from Clinical Interventions in Aging
#237
of 1,573 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#37,750
of 269,620 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Clinical Interventions in Aging
#9
of 51 outputs
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