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Dementia patients continue to get medications with little, no benefit
Dementia patients continue to get medications with little, no benefit

More than half of nursing home patients who suffer severe dementia and are likely to die within a year or two are administered medications that offer little to no benefit and may cause pointless discomfort, a new study finds. The latest research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, demonstrates that physicians and families often continue the flow of medications well beyond the point at which they might prolong or enhance a patient's life. The practice needlessly inflates the cost of caring for patients near the end of life, by an estimated $816 on average every 90 days. ------------ FOR THE RECORD 12:23 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of Dr. Greg A....

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