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Prise en soins de la schizophrénie chez la personne âgée
Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie = Archives suisses de neurologie et de psychiatrie = Swiss archives of neurology and psychiatry
Care of the elderly schizophrenic patient : Despite the development of new aetiopathological models the treatment of late-life schizophrenia is still based essentially on antipsychotic medication. The absence of research specifically targeting late-life schizophrenics limits the value of recommendations on indication, dosage and treatment alternatives, particularly as the latter have scant regard for the age of schizophrenia onset (early, late, very late onset), for the various comorbidities and the polymedication so common in the elderly. The use of atypical neuroleptics at adapted doses should be combined with biopsychosocial care and treatment of psychiatric and somatic comorbidities. The choice of an adapted treatment is often conditioned, especially if early schizophrenia is con sidered, by many years of treatment and side effects which may limit compliance when the evolution itself has been unfavourable with persistent, sometimes handi capping residual symptoms. Moreover, schizophrenia is complicated by cognitive disorders for which the best therapeutic approach in the elderly remains uncertain.
late-onset schizophrenia , very late-onset schizophrenia , late-life
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