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Repository of Electronic Critically Appraised Papers

The purpose of ReCAP (Repository of Electronic Critically Appraised Papers) is to provide a forum for geriatrics fellows and faculty where they can discuss the practice of evidence-based medicine in a systematic way, and hone their skills of clinical decision-making by critically examining evidence presented in recent clinical research papers. These are reviews of the validity of a single study; the ‘bottom lines’ do not reflect comparison with the rest of the literature on the subject.
Titlesort descending Critique date
A computerized decision support program significantly decreases prescribing of potentially inappropriate medications to older patients. 09/04/2009
A county-level system improves the rates and outcomes of advance care planning. 10/16/2010
A model of geriatric intervention may decrease risk of frailty. 01/10/2011
A multifaceted podiatry intervention was successful in decreasing the rate of falls in community dwelling older adults with disabling foot pain. 01/10/2012
A Practice-Based Intervention to Improve Primary Care for Falls, Urinary Incontinence and Dementia 05/01/2009
An Italian Model of Home-Based Care of Elderly with Acute Decompensated CHF Was Feasible And Efficacious Compared To Traditional Inpatient Hospital Care. 12/01/2009
Analgesic medications can reduce behavioral disturbances in nursing home residents with dementia. 07/26/2012
Anemia Associated with Higher Mortality Among Adults 85 and Over 02/12/2010
Antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplements do not prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 03/30/2011
Balance and Strength Exercise Integrated into Daily Routines Prevents Falls in Older Adults. 03/11/2013
Behavioral therapy is as effective as oxybutynin in men with overactive bladder without obstruction. 07/20/2012
Biobehavioral home-based intervention improved outcomes for patients with dementia and their caregivers. 02/10/2011
Burdensome transitions are experienced near the end of life by ~20% of nursing home residents with advanced dementia. 01/18/2012
Calcium supplementation may increase risk of cardiovascular events especially myocardial infarction. 07/22/2011
Clinical review endorses a systematic approach to evaluating and modifying medication regimens for clinically complex older adults. 07/11/2012
Collaborative care for depression and chronic medical illness management improved quality of life and social disability. 02/21/2012
Combining diet and exercise increased physical performance more than either diet or exercise alone in obese older community dwelling adults. 06/30/2011
Concomitant use of cholinesterase inhibitor and anticholinergic drugs is common and may potentially be harmful. 07/10/2012
Continuation of donepezil in patients with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease may improve cognition at 52 weeks. 08/07/2012
Dabigatran is a cost effective alternative to warfarin among older patients with atrial fibrillation. 03/07/2011
Daily multivitamin has small effect in preventing cancer in men over 50. 02/15/2013
Decitabine prolongs progression-free-survival but not overall survival in older patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). 10/17/2011
Delirium: a persistent problem; a persistent risk 05/01/2009
Difficulties in diagnosing urinary tract infections in nursing home residents with advanced dementia. 04/19/2013
Discontinuation of risperidone in patients with Alzheimer's dementia increases risk of relapse of behavioral symptoms. 03/03/2013


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