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Impact of Moderate Aerobic Training on Physical Capacities of Hypertensive Obese Elderly. The association of old age and chronic conditions, such as hypertension and obesity, can lead to larger decreases in the physical capacities of elderly, compared with their healthy counterparts. Physical exercise has been demonstrated to be efficient in postponing this phenomenon, mainly strength training. However, little is known about the effect of aerobic training on this condition. The aim of this work (...) with CG (p = .03) and increases in flexibility compared with basal moment (+21.6%; p = .01) after 12 weeks, whereas CG did not show any significant alterations. Moderate aerobic training is capable of inducing increases in maximal aerobic power and flexibility in hypertensive obese elderly. However, other essential physical capacities associated with independence in elderly people (i.e., muscle power and strength) were not responsive to this kind of protocol.
[Efficacy of a reconciliation intervention by a specialized pharmacist to resolve medication-related problems of elderly patients admitted to an emergency department short-stay unit: a randomized clinical trial]. To determine the effect on medication-related problems (MRPs) of a process of medication reconciliation carried out by a specialized pharmacist for patients aged 65 years or older admitted to an emergency department short-stay unit (SSU).Randomized clinical trial of 17 months (February (...) reconciliation by a specialized pharmacist in the emergency department reduces MRPs for at-risk elderly patients in a SSU.
Promotion of Behavioral Change and the Impact on Quality of Life in Elderly Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Physical Activity Intervention of the Multimodal Nutrition and Exercise Treatment for Advanced Cancer Program. Physical activity (PA) may improve the quality of life (QOL) of cancer survivors. However, the impact on patients with advanced cancer with high cachectic potential is unknown. We analyzed the feasibility of PA intervention using the multimodal program Nutrition and Exercise (...) Treatment for Advanced Cancer (NEXTAC) and the impact on QOL in elderly patients with advanced cancer.We recruited 30 patients aged ≥70 years who were scheduled to receive the first-line chemotherapy for newly diagnosed advanced pancreatic or non-small-cell lung cancer. The QOL was assessed using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL Questionnaire version 3.0, while the PA was measured using a pedometer/accelerometer. Instructors counseled patients to increase daily activity
Smaller Quantity Benzodiazepine Prescribing for the Elderly or Patients with Mental Illness: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines Smaller Quantity Benzodiazepine Prescribing for the Elderly or Patients with Mental Illness: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines | CADTH.ca Find the information you need Smaller Quantity Benzodiazepine Prescribing for the Elderly or Patients with Mental Illness: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines Smaller Quantity Benzodiazepine Prescribing for the Elderly (...) or Patients with Mental Illness: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines Last updated: June 21, 2019 Project Number: RA1040-000 Product Line: Research Type: Drug Report Type: Reference List Result type: Report Question What is the clinical effectiveness of prescribing benzodiazepines in smaller quantities for elderly patients or patients with mental illness? What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with benzodiazepine prescribing for elderly patients or patients with mental illness? Key Message One
The role of CPAP treatment in elderly patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea: a multicentre randomised controlled trial The efficacy of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment in elderly patients with nonsevere obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is controversial. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of CPAP treatment in elderly patients with moderate OSA in terms of clinical, quality-of-life and neurocognitive measures.This was an open-label, randomised (...) , multicentre clinical trial in 145 elderly patients (≥70 years old) with confirmed moderate OSA (apnoea-hypopnoea index 15-29.9 events·h-1) randomised to receive CPAP (n=73) or no CPAP (n=72) for 3 months. The primary end-point was the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) score, and the secondary end-points included quality of life (Quebec Sleep Questionnaire (QSQ) domain scores), sleep-related symptoms, presence of anxiety/depression, office-based blood pressure measurements and some neurocognitive tests
Planning to reduce 30-day adverse events after discharge of frail elderly patients with acute heart failure: design and rationale for the DEED FRAIL-AHF trial. To demonstrate the efficacy of a system for comprehensive care transfer (Multilevel Guided Discharge Plan [MGDP]) for frail older patients diagnosed with acute heart failure (AHF) and to validate the results of MGDP implementation under real clinical conditions. The MGDP seeks to reduce the number of adverse outcomes within 30 days
Nonoperative Treatment Compared with Volar Locking Plate Fixation for Dorsally Displaced Distal Radial Fractures in the Elderly: A Randomized Controlled Trial The usage of volar locking plate fixation for distal radial fractures has increased in older patient populations, despite the fact that surgical treatment in the elderly population has not clearly been proven to be superior to nonoperative treatment. The purpose of the present study was to compare nonoperative treatment with volar locking (...) plate fixation with regard to clinical outcome for elderly patients with dorsally displaced distal radial fractures.In this study, 140 patients were randomly allocated to nonoperative treatment with a plaster splint (n = 72) or volar locking plate fixation (n = 68). The outcome variables were the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) score, Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire score, EuroQol-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) score, range of motion, grip strength, radiographic outcomes
Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears in the Elderly: Does It Make Sense? A Systematic Review The indications and outcomes for rotator cuff repair (RCR) among patients ≥70 years old are not widely reported. Many active patients in this age range desire a joint-preserving option, and several small series reported successful clinical outcomes after RCR among patients aged ≥70 years.The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature on the outcomes of RCR among patients ≥70 years
Mortality in adult-onset and elderly-onset IBD: a nationwide register-based cohort study 1964-2014 To examine all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adult-onset and elderly-onset IBD and to describe time trends in mortality over the past 50 years.Swedish nationwide register-based cohort study 1964-2014, comparing mortality in 82 718 incident IBD cases (inpatient and non-primary outpatient care) with 10 times as many matched general population reference individuals (n=801 180) using (...) multivariable Cox regression to estimate HRs. Among patients with IBD, the number of participants with elderly-onset (≥60 years) IBD was 17 873.During 984 330 person-years of follow-up, 15 698/82 718 (19%) of all patients with IBD died (15.9/1000 person-years) compared with 121 095/801 180 (15.1%) of reference individuals, corresponding to an HR of 1.5 for IBD (95% CI=1.5 to 1.5 (HR=1.5; 95% CI=1.5 to 1.5 in elderly-onset IBD)) or one extra death each year per 263 patients. Mortality was increased
The effects of a home-based exercise intervention on elderly patients with knee osteoarthritis: a quasi-experimental study Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is common in elderly people, causes pain, loss of physical functioning, and disability. This was a two-arm, superiority, quasi-experimental trial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a home-based exercise intervention (HBEI) to reduce KOA symptoms and improve the physical functioning of elderly patients.A total of 171 elderly (...) be effective for relieving KOA symptoms, increasing the physical functioning, and improving quality of life in community-dwelling KOA elderly patients. A large randomized controlled trial with long-term follow-up is needed to confirm these findings.Chinese Clinical Trails Registry number ChiCTR1800017026 (retrospectively registered). Registered 9 July 2018.
Five-Year Outcome After Off-Pump or On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Elderly Patients The 30-day and 1-year follow-up analysis of the GOPCABE trial (German Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Elderly Patients) revealed no significant difference in the composite end point consisting of death, stroke, myocardial infarction, new renal replacement therapy, or repeat revascularization. The 5-year follow-up data of this trial are reported here.From June 2008 to September 2011 (...) rates were 72% (95% CI, 67-76) with incomplete versus 76% (95% CI, 74-80) with complete revascularization (log-rank test: P=0.02) after off-pump CABG and 72% (95% CI, 67-76) versus 77% (95% CI, 74-80) after on-pump CABG (log-rank test: P=0.03), respectively. Cox regression analysis revealed a hazard ratio incomplete/complete revascularization of 1.19 (95% CI, 1.01-1.39; P=0.04).In elderly patients ≥75 years of age, the 5-year survival rates and the combined outcome of death, myocardial infarction
Antibiotic management of urinary tract infection in elderly patients in primary care and its association with bloodstream infections and all cause mortality: population based cohort study. To evaluate the association between antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI) and severe adverse outcomes in elderly patients in primary care.Retrospective population based cohort study.Clinical Practice Research Datalink (2007-15) primary care records linked to hospital episode statistics (...) at risk for both bloodstream infection and 60 day all cause mortality.In elderly patients with a diagnosis of UTI in primary care, no antibiotics and deferred antibiotics were associated with a significant increase in bloodstream infection and all cause mortality compared with immediate antibiotics. In the context of an increase of Escherichia coli bloodstream infections in England, early initiation of recommended first line antibiotics for UTI in the older population is advocated.Published by the BMJ
The depressing evidence for antidepressants in the elderly Tools for Practice is proudly sponsored by the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP). ACFP is a provincial, professional voluntary organization, representing more than 5,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in Alberta. Established over sixty years ago, the ACFP strives for excellence in family practice through advocacy, continuing medical education and primary care research. www.acfp.ca February 4 (...) , 2019 The depressing evidence for antidepressants in the elderly Clinical Question: How effective are antidepressants for treating depression in the elderly? Bottom Line: The efficacy of antidepressants in the elderly is inconsistent and may decrease as patients age. From 80% to 40% of elderly patients will recover with antidepressants, with some studies showing no difference from placebo response rates. Harms of antidepressants are common, with ~20% stopping due to adverse effects. Evidence: • 5
Controlling Nutritional Status (CONUT) Score Predicts Outcomes of Curative Resection for Gastric Cancer in the Elderly Preoperative nutritional status is considered to affect the short-term and long-term outcomes of cancer patients. The clinical value of the controlling nutritional status (CONUT) score in elderly patients undergoing gastrectomy for gastric cancer remains unknown.This study reviewed 211 elderly patients aged 75 years or over who underwent curative resection for gastric cancer (...) was a strong predictors of overall survival (hazard ratio [HR], 2.12; 95% CI, 1.18-3.69; P = 0.012) and cancer-specific survival (HR, 3.75; 95% CI, 1.30-10.43; P = 0.015) independent of disease stage.The preoperative CONUT score is a simple and promising predictor of postoperative procedure-unrelated infectious morbidity and prognosis in elderly gastric cancer patients.
A systematic review on the quality of life and functional status after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in elderly patients with an average age older than 75 years Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and open repair (OR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are increasingly performed in elderly patients (>75 years of age) with satisfactory results. Quality of life (QOL) is increasingly considered a primary goal of intervention after AAA repair. However, there is currently no consensus on QOL (...) after these procedures in elderly patients.A systematic review was performed using strict eligibility criteria. Clinical studies reporting QOL in elderly patients (average age >75 years) after EVAR and OR were included. Quality appraisal and data tabulation were performed using predetermined forms. Data were synthesized by narrative review. Study quality was assessed.Thirteen studies with 1272 patients were included. After elective EVAR, disease-specific and generic QOL scores demonstrated
Screw Fixation Versus Hemiarthroplasty for Nondisplaced Femoral Neck Fractures in Elderly Patients: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial Elderly patients with a displaced femoral neck fracture treated with hip arthroplasty may have better function than those treated with internal fixation. We hypothesized that hemiarthroplasty would be superior to screw fixation with regard to hip function, mobility, pain, quality of life, and the risk of a reoperation in elderly patients (...) function as measured by the HHS (the primary outcome). However, hemiarthroplasty led to improved mobility and fewer major reoperations. The findings suggest that certain elderly patients with a nondisplaced femoral neck fracture may benefit from being treated with a latest-generation hemiarthroplasty rather than screw fixation.Therapeutic Level I. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
Locking nail versus locking plate for proximal humeral fracture fixation in an elderly population: a prospective randomised controlled trial Proximal humeral fractures (PHFs) are the third most common fracture in older patients. The purpose of the study was to prospectively evaluate the outcomes of PHF fixation with a locking blade nail (LBN) or locking plate (PHILOS) osteosynthesis in a homogeneous elderly patient population.Inclusion criteria were an age > 60 years and the capacity to give (...) complications (in 11 patients) in the PHILOS group (p = 0.941). No significant inter-group difference was observed for any other outcome measures, nor was fracture morphology seen to be associated with clinical outcome or complication rate.At short-term follow-up, LBN osteosynthesis yielded similar outcomes and complication rates to PHILOS plate fracture fixation in an elderly patient population, though with a significantly lower rate of secondary loss of reduction and screw cut-out.No. DRKS00015245
Does Systemic Administration of Parathyroid Hormone After Noninstrumented Spinal Fusion Surgery Improve Fusion Rates and Fusion Mass in Elderly Patients Compared to Placebo in Patients With Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis? Prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial.To evaluate whether 90-day subcutaneous injections with 20 μg teriparatide increases the volume and quality of the fusion mass compared to placebo based on 12-month postop fine cut computed (...) groups.Ninety-day subcutaneous administration of 20 μg teriparatide did not increase fusion volume or improve the quality of the fusion mass in elderly patients compared to placebo after noninstrumented spinal fusion surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis.1.