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January 26, 2011

A “Prosthetic” Approach for Individuals With Dementia?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Golgi Cenci Foundation, Abbiategrasso (MI), Italy (Dr Guaita); and Moyra Jones Resources Ltd, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada (Mr Jones).

JAMA. 2011;305(4):402-403. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.28

An unresolved issue in developing effective and specific care for individuals with severe dementia is focusing on the main outcome of the caring process from which the approach, the indicators of quality, and the results heavily depend.1 Severe dementia still lacks effective pharmacological treatment, such that drugs to treat symptoms only modify the curve of declining cognitive function or help somewhat in attenuating the intensity and frequency of noncognitive symptoms.2 Thus, most problems that affect patients and cause stress for caregivers have not been solved.