Occupational Tx of Little Benefit in Slowing Alzheimer's Decline

Share this content:
Occupational Tx of Little Benefit in Slowing Alzheimer's Decline
Occupational Tx of Little Benefit in Slowing Alzheimer's Decline

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Home-based occupational therapy may not slow down the physical decline that comes with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online Nov. 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Christopher Callahan, M.D., founding director of Indiana University's Center for Aging Research in Indianapolis, and colleagues recruited 180 Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. All were given collaborative care, whereby an advanced practice nurse coordinated each patient's overall care. Families were randomly assigned to receive occupational therapy in addition to collaborative care.

After two years, the researchers found, there was no evidence that the extra therapy had slowed patients' functional decline.

"We could not definitively demonstrate whether the addition of two years of in-home occupational therapy to a collaborative care management model slowed the rate of functional decline among persons with Alzheimer's disease," the authors write. "This trial underscores the burden undertaken by caregivers as they provide care for family members with Alzheimer's disease and the difficulty in slowing functional decline."

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Approves Keytruda for All Cancers With Genetic Biomarker

FDA Approves Keytruda for All Cancers With Genetic ...

First medication sanctioned for any cancer, regardless of origin

Regular Chocolate Consumption May Lower Risk of A-Fib

Regular Chocolate Consumption May Lower Risk of A-Fib

13-year study finds lower odds for atrial fibrillation in people eating moderate amounts

Doctors Urged to Check Patient Drug History Before Opioid Rx

Doctors Urged to Check Patient Drug History Before ...

Opioid abuse down when physicians are legally obligated to check patient's drug history

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »