Treating Behavioural Symptoms in Frontotemporal Dementia: RGH E-Bulletin

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Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is characterised by disturbances in behaviour or language. Patients with the frontal variant of FTD typically present with marked changes in personality and behaviour, including apathy, disinhibition and inappropriate social behaviour, which can be difficult to manage.

Although there is currently no approved drug treatment for the behavioural symptoms of FTD and only a limited number of clinical trials have been conducted in this area, various medications have been used to ameliorate these symptoms.

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A joint initiative of the Patient Services Section and the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service of the Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia. The RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin is distributed in electronic format on a weekly basis, and aims to present concise, factual information on issues of current interest in therapeutics, drug safety and cost-effective use of medications.
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Chris Alderman, University of South Australia – Director of Pharmacy, RGH © Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia 5041.

Residential Aged Care Coronial Communiqué

The August 2010 Residential Aged Care Communiqué is out. Well it has been out for a while.
This is a great resource that highlights selected cases that have been reported to the State Coroner’s Office that may interest the Aged Care Community.

You can subscribe by email at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine with the communiqué becoming available online much later.

The Residential Aged Care Coronial Communiqué highlights selected cases that have been reported to the State Coroner’s Office and are of interest to the Aged Care Community. The aims of the Communiqué are:

• To improve the awareness of clinicians, health workers, carers and those in positions of governance about adverse events resulting from systems failures. Lessons from past cases can then be applied to their own institutions.

• To improve residential aged care workers’ understanding of the coronial system and the work performed by the Clinical Liaison Service.

This issue looks at two cases of residents with dementia. One resident wanders and the other repeatedly places objects in his mouth. One thing in common in these cases is how we become acclimatised to abnormal or dangerous behaviour. Initially we worry about the behaviour but over time we start to think of it as normal. This can lead to us not being as aware and also makes us slower to respond to change.

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RGH E-Bulletin Dementia Therapies

Chris Alderman and the pharmacy team of Repatriation General Hospital in Daw Park Adelaide produce an A4 drug bulletin each week. I had forgotten to place them on the blog so it is apt I start with two newsletters on dementia therapies.

If you wish to join thousands of other subscribers email Chris at Chris.Alderman@health.sa.gov.au

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Many thanks to AusPharmList for accessing their archives.

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