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Anti-dementia drugs 'could delay care home admission need'

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Prescribing anti-dementia drugs to patients could help delay their admission to care homes, according to UK research.

Psychiatrists studied a total of 339 people with dementia who were referred to psychiatric services in Peasley Cross Hospital in St Helens during 2006 - of which around a quarter had been prescribed cholinesterase inhibitors - and followed them up in 2010.

They found that, on average, patients who did not take anti-dementia drugs moved to care homes 12 months sooner than patients who did.

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  • is there anyway to see the full article without being registered for THE PYSHIATRIST journal site?

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