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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.
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When compared to NSAIDs, narcotic analgesics are associated with higher risk of adverse outcomes in elderly patients with arthritis. 05/05/2011
Vitamin D treatment reduces the risk of falls in older adults. 05/31/2011
Vitamin D Supplements Reduce the Risk of Falls in the Elderly 01/31/2005
Vitamin D supplementation does not prevent progression of knee pain and cartilage volume loss in patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis. 02/28/2013
Virtual Reality Gaming may improve gait performance and confidence in balance in older adults. 03/11/2013
Vertebroplasty no better than simulated procedure for pain and disability due to osteoprotic spinal fractures. 02/09/2010
USPSTF guideline recommends physical therapy or exercise and vitamin D supplementation to reduce falls in community dwelling elderly. 09/18/2012
Use of STOPP / START Criteria May Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing in Hospitalized Elderly. 06/04/2012
Use of a video tool to enhance advanced care planning in dementia. 12/19/2011
Updated 2012 Beers Criteria list enhanced through evidence-based approach and grading of the evidence. 07/11/2012
Treatment-limiting advance directives are associated with decreased end-of-life expenditures in high spending regions. 12/15/2011
Treatment with conventional antipsychotics was associated with an increased risk of death in the nursing home. 08/16/2011
Transcatheter AVR can decrease mortality at 2 years in inoperable patients with severe Aortic Stenosis. 08/16/2012
Transcatheter aortic-valve implementation for severe aortic stenosis reduced mortality at one year. 02/23/2011
Trail walking exercise program reduced fall incidence among older adults. 02/22/2011
Tools for risk stratification are limited in identifying older patients at risk of readmissions after emergency visits. 08/15/2012
Tight control of diabetes mellitus in nursing-home eligible older adults may be associated with poor outcomes. 01/09/2013
Thrombolysis for Acute Ischemic Stroke in older adults increased risks of intracranial hemorrhage and in-hospital mortality. 06/08/2011
The interval of osteoporosis screening should be determined by baseline T scores. 03/14/2012
Telemonitoring didn't result in fewer hospitalizations or ED visits among older adults. 07/26/2012
Subsyndromal delirium is prevalent in Long Term Care (LTC) residents. 06/05/2012
Statins Associated with Poorer than Expected Neuropsychological Test Performance in Hypercholesterolemic Adults 05/03/2005
Single-lens distance glasses lower risk of falls in active older multifocal glasses wearers. 08/29/2011
Sertraline or Mirtazapine did not improve depressive symptoms more than placebo among patients with dementia. 04/26/2012
Screening for Alzheimer's Disease: The Memory Impairment Screen (MIS) is more accurate than the 3-word memory test 04/26/2004

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