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  • Aalto, Ulla L.; Finne-Soveri, Harriet; Kautiainen, Hannu; Roitto, Hanna-Maria; Öhman, Hannareeta; Pitkälä, Kaisu H. (2019)
    Objectives: To compare 3 internationally established criteria for drugs with anticholinergic properties (DAPs) and their associated factors in long-term care facilities, and to investigate the association between use of DAPs and psychological well-being (PWB) or mortality. Design: Cross-sectional study and 1-year follow-up of all-cause mortality. Setting and Participants: Of all 4449 residents living in long-term care facilities in Helsinki in 2011, 2432 (>= 65 years of age) participated after exclusion of residents with severe dementia. Measurements: Data on demographics, medication use, and active diagnoses were collected by trained staff using structured questionnaires. DAP use was defined by the following 3 international criteria: Chew's list, the Anticholinergic Risk Scale, and the Anticholinergic Drug Scale. The total number of DAPs was counted and referred to as anticholinergic burden. PWB was assessed by a questionnaire and yielded a score ranging from 0 to 1. Mortality data was retrieved from central registers. Results: Of all participants, 85% were DAP users according to at least 1 of the 3 criteria used. Overlap between the 3 criteria was only moderate. DAP users were younger and a larger proportion of them had better cognition. However, they suffered more often from depression and other psychiatric diagnoses than nonusers. DAP users had lower PWB scores than those not using DAPs, and PWB decreased linearly in the overlapping groups from nonusers to those using DAPs according to all 3 criteria. The total number of DAPs used predicted mortality. Conclusions and Implications: DAP use and PWB appear to be negatively associated. When combining several criteria of DAPs, their burden predicted mortality. Clinicians should carefully consider the potential benefits and harms when prescribing DAPs to older persons. (C) 2019 AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
  • Aalto, Ulla Liisa; Roitto, Hanna-Maria; Finne-Soveri, Harriet; Kautiainen, Hannu; Pitkälä, Kaisu (2018)
    Objectives: To assess the burden of drugs with anticholinergic properties (DAPs) and associated factors in long-term care facilities and to explore how psychological well-being and mortality are associated with the use of DAPs. Design: Cross-sectional study and 1-year follow-up of all-cause mortality. Setting and Participants: All 4449 older people (>65 years of age) living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Helsinki in 2011 were recruited. After refusals and excluding residents with severe dementia, 2432 participants remained. Measurements: Data on demographics, drug use, and medical history were collected by trained nurses using a structured assessment. Psychological well-being (PWB) of participants was assessed by 6 questions resulting in a validated PWB score (range 0-1). Mortality data were retrieved from central registers. The total number of anticholinergic drugs was determined according to the Anticholinergic Risk Scale. Results: Of the participants, 51% used at least 1 DAP. DAP users were younger and had better cognition than nonusers. There was a linear relationship between the number of DAPs used and poorer PWB. A similar trend was present between the number of DAPs and poorer PWB both among those with and without depression and among those with and without functional dependency. No difference in mortality existed between DAP users and nonusers. Conclusions: Despite DAP users being younger and having better cognition, they had poorer PWB. Clinicians should carefully consider the potential benefits and harm when prescribing DAPs to older people. (C) 2017 AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.