A study of aggression among referrals to a community-based psychiatry of old age service.
The aims of the study were to examine the prevalence of aggressive behaviour in a non-selected community-based population, to identify clinical and sociodemographic variables associated with aggression and to examine the relationship between aggression and outcome at 2-year follow-up.
Case series, using the Ryden Aggression Scale as a retrospective measure of aggression.
A community-based specialist psychiatry of old age service.
All referrals to the service over a 3-month period.
Of the 42 subjects included in the study, 25 patients had a diagnosis of dementia.
Aggressive behaviour was reported in 18 patients, this being verbal only in nine cases and both verbal and physical in nine cases.
Sexual aggression and self-injurious behaviour were each reported in one case only.
Aggression was found to be positively associated with a diagnosis of dementia and high physical dependency but was not found to be associated with age, sex, physical illness or the use of psychotropic medication.
At 2-year follow-up, aggressive patients were found to have a higher rate of admission to psychiatric inpatient or residential care and tended to have a higher use of neuroleptic drugs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prévalence, Agressivité, Trouble comportement social, Orientation, Service santé, Psychiatrie, Epidémiologie, Etude longitudinale, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevalence, Aggressiveness, Social behavior disorder, Orientation, Health service, Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Follow up study, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0238555
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 11/06/1997.