Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-18748
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Introduction: It is important to understand factors contributing to a neuroleptic-related increased mortality risk. The objective of this study was to test whether the occurrence of neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal syndromes (EPS) including tardive dyskinesia (TD) is associated with an increased patients' all-cause mortality.
Methods: In 1995, a sample of 200 patients on neuroleptics was assessed with regard to the presence of Parkinson syndrome, akathisia, and TD. By 2003-2004, i.e., during the following 8-9 year period, 63 patients had died. Patients who had died were compared with 120 patients known to be still alive with regard to several socio-demographic variables and the presence of EPS at the first examination.
Results: At the basic assessment, there were no significant differences between patients later still alive and deceased patients with regard to TD. The deceased patients were more frequently women, older, suffered more frequently from an organic disorder, had higher average scores for Parkinson syndrome and less frequently akathisia. Multivariate analysis confirmed age as the only factor contributing to the group difference. Repeating the meta-analysis by Ballesteros et al. (2000) after inclusion of our data, TD remains a weak but a significant predictor of death (OR=1.4).
Discussion: Neuroleptic-induced EPS of parkinsonism, akathisia, and TD did not contribute to the patients' all-cause mortality in this study. The association between TD and mortality merits further attention.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Affective Disorders and General Psychiatry Zurich East|
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||03 Jun 2009 14:51|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 17:38|
|WoS Citation Count:||1|
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