BCM Researcher Leads Study Questioning Cognition Screening in Older Patients

March 26, 2014 8:09 PM

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BCM Researcher Leads Study Questioning Cognition Screening in Older Patients

According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), routine screening of older individuals for cognitive loss is not supported by current guidelines. Researchers reviewed 55 studies that examined the accuracy of screening systems, as well as 130 studies of interventions aiming at slowing or stopping cognitive dysfunction in patients who tested positive for cognitive loss.

So far, researchers report that acetylcholinesterase inhibitors may have a small effect on cognitive function, but the overall benefit can’t be established at this time. Nonpharmacological interventions were evaluated as well, and no data was found to be consistent. However, those trials that showed...

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