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May 11, 2005

Pharmacological Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(18):2211-2212. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2211-b

To the Editor: In their Clinical Review, Dr Sink and colleagues1 accurately capture the dilemma faced by clinicians caring for individuals with dementia: although neuropsychiatric symptoms are almost universal and adversely affect both patients and caregivers, evidence-based guidance toward effective pharmacological treatment is sparse. Inadequacy of present systems of symptom classification may account in part for the finding of limited usefulness for pharmacotherapy.

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