Browsing by Subject "anticholinergic burden"

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  • Inkeri, Niina-Mari; Karjalainen, Merja; Haanpaa, Maija; Kautiainen, Hannu; Saltevo, Juha; Mantyselka, Pekka; Tiihonen, Miia (2019)
    What is known and objective Anticholinergic drug use has been associated with a risk of central and peripheral adverse effects. There is a lack of information on anticholinergic drug use in persons with diabetes. The aim of this study is to investigate anticholinergic drug use and the association between anticholinergic drug use and self-reported symptoms in older community-dwelling persons with and without diabetes. Methods The basic population was comprised of Finnish community-dwelling primary care patients aged 65 and older. Persons with diabetes were identified according to the ICD-10 diagnostic codes from electronic patient records. Two controls adjusted by age and gender were selected for each person with diabetes. This cross-sectional study was based on electronic primary care patient records and a structured health questionnaire. The health questionnaire was returned by 430 (81.6%) persons with diabetes and 654 (73.5%) persons without diabetes. Data on prescribed drugs were obtained from the electronic patient records. Anticholinergic drug use was measured according to the Anticholinergic Risk Scale. The presence and strength of anticholinergic symptoms were asked in the health questionnaire. Results and discussion The prevalence of anticholinergic drug use was 8.9% in the total study cohort. There were no significant differences in anticholinergic drug use between persons with and without diabetes. There was no consistent association between anticholinergic drug use and self-reported symptoms. What is new and conclusion There is no difference in anticholinergic drug use in older community-dwelling persons with and without diabetes. Anticholinergic drug use should be considered individually and monitored carefully.
  • 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.