Vocally disruptive behavior in the elderly: a systematic review

Von Gunten, Armin; Alnawaqil, Abdel-Messieh; Abderhalden, Christoph; Needham, Ian; Schüpbach, Brigitte (2008). Vocally disruptive behavior in the elderly: a systematic review. International psychogeriatrics, 20(4), pp. 653-672. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1041610208006728

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Background: Vocally disruptive behavior (VDB) in the elderly is a common condition, especially in people with dementia, but difficult to treat. It may occur in as many as 40% of nursing home residents. This study is a review of the existing literature on this condition. Method: The literature review was conducted using PubMed (particularly Medline and the Cochrane database) and reference lists from relevant publications in English, French, and German. Results: Most studies are small and no conclusive prevalence data are available. Many biological and psychosocial treatments have been advocated, but most studies are little more than anecdotal case reports. It is evident that VDB can have deleterious consequences on others and the patients themselves, although no studies specifically examine the range or the pervasiveness of VDB. Etiopathogenic research on VDB is still in its infancy. Conclusions: Most aspects surrounding VDB are insufficiently understood. The heterogeneity and multiple contributive factors regarding VDB suggest quite convincingly that a panoply of different interventions tailored to the individual's needs will be required to overcome VDB and the suffering related to it.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > Department of Nursing and Education

UniBE Contributor:

Abderhalden, Christoph and Schüpbach, Brigitte

ISSN:

1041-6102

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

16 Jul 2020 13:54

Last Modified:

24 Jul 2020 21:52

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S1041610208006728

PubMed ID:

18272010

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.115128

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/115128

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