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  1. Prevalence and correlates of aggressive behaviours occurring in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

    Article - En anglais

    Objectives

    To determine the prevalence and clinical correlates of verbal and physical aggression occurring in Alzheimer's disease sufferers.

    Design

    A retrospective note review was performed to classify the subjects according to whether they were verbally or physically aggressive (assaultive) or non-aggressive.

    The characteristics of the three groups were compared.

    Subjects

    The subjects were 262 patients who were living in non-institutional settings and had been diagnosed as suffering from dementia of Alzheimer's type.

    Results

    Fifty-two per cent exhibited some aggressive behaviour.

    Ninety-one (35%) patients were reported to be verbally aggressive and a further 46 (18%) were assaultive to their carers.

    Male gender (relative risk 2.17,95% confidence interval 1.11-4.17) and the presence of dyspraxia (relative risk 2.89,95% confidence interval 1.43-5.88) both increased the likelihood of assaultive behaviour.

    Verbal aggression was not associated with any of the clinical features measured.

    Conclusion

    Aggressive behaviour is a common phenomenon in AD and approximately one in five sufferers is assaultive.

    Assaultive behaviour is associated with male gender and dyspraxia.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Démence Alzheimer, Agressivité, Trouble comportement social, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alzheimer disease, Aggressiveness, Social behavior disorder, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0334684

    Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 12/09/1997.