A cross-sectional analysis examined medication records in the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center Database for community-dwelling patients with dementia who visited an Alzheimer’s Disease Center between 2008 and 2014. Hispanic participants had a 1.62-fold greater use of antipsychotic medications, which was largely accounted for by a higher prevalence of neuropsychiatric symptoms and more severe dementia compared with non-Hispanic whites. These results are consistent with reports of later transition to nursing home care among Hispanic participants. Further studies are needed to clarify ethnic differences in how families and physicians address dementia progression and neuropsychiatric symptoms in communitydwelling patients with dementia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Clinical Neurology