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Agitation and Depression in Frail Nursing Home Elderly Patients with Dementia: Treatment Characteristics and Service Use

Agitation and depression are the two most common behavioral complications of dementia. Although the behavioral symptoms have received less attention than the cognitive symptoms of dementia, they have serious consequences, including caregiver stress, premature institutionalization, and compromised quality of life for patients and their families.

This study suggests that dementia complicated by mixed agitation and depression is among the most clinically challenging problems in long-term care, and that effective interventions and services are needed to address the complex treatment needs of this high-risk group.

Due to copyright issues, this article is only available through the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry website.

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#TBT: Health Care Quality Has Long Been an Important Issue

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Why are quality measures important? We asked health care thought leaders to tell us why.

Quality measurement, tied to financial incentives, is one of many approaches accountable care programs are using to promote system-wide improvement....
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E.V.I.dently September 2014

Message From NPCPatient Access to Medicines: A Growing ChallengeFor health care consumers, the rationale for why some medicines are covered by their...
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#TBT: Senior Citizens Day & Individualized Pharmaceutical Care

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Specialty Medications: Shifting the Focus From “How Much” We Spend to “How Well” We Spend

Washington, DC, June 9, 2014—As health care decision-makers grapple with how to ensure access to specialty medications, the University of Michigan...
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Daiichi Sankyo CEO John Gargiulo Elected as National Pharmaceutical Council’s Chairman of the Board

WASHINGTON, DC (November 2, 2012)–The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today announced that John Gargiulo, President & CEO, Daiichi Sankyo,...
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Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012)–The costs to employers of chronic health conditions on employee productivity are well documented, but few studies...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
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Leveling the Playing Field? Could a Landmark Decision Alter the CER Communications Landscape?

A growing chorus of voices is publicly sharing data on the effectiveness of treatment options, but one viewpoint has long been shut out of key areas...
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The Risks of Standardized Health Care

Think about the last time you visited a medical office. Even at a specialist’s office, chances are that each person waiting for his or her name to be...
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Framework Helps ACOs Leverage Pharmaceuticals to Realize Quality, Cost Goals

Medications are more than an item on the balance sheet for health care providers. Pharmaceuticals offer a route to manage costs while achieving...
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Why are quality measures important? We asked health care thought leaders to tell us why.

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Patients, Research and Access to Health Care

Myrl Weinberg, FASAE, CAE, president of the National Health Council, says that it's important to for individuals, especially those with chronic...
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Chronic Health Conditions & Individual Treatment Effects

Dr. Ken Thorpe, chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, explains that one of the biggest health care challenges is managing patients...
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Challenges for Patients Seeking Health Information

Dr. Stephen Hume, Alzheimer's patient representative, and his care partner, Candace Darcy, discuss the need for patients to have as much information...
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#TBT: Senior Citizens Day & Individualized Pharmaceutical Care

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#TBT: Ethnic Disparities in the Burden and Treatment of Asthma

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#TBT: Enrollment Deadline & the Role of Rx in Health Exchanges

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The Emerging Relevance of Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect in Clinical Care: A Study Using Stage IV Prostate Cancer as a Model

Although researchers and health care providers widely recognize that individuals with stage IV...

Principles for Planning and Conducting Comparative Effectiveness Research

A group of leading researchers developed a set of 13 best practice principles that could help to...
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