The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 677–683 | Cite as

Clinic visits and prescribing patterns among veterans affairs maryland health care system dementia patients

  • G. B. Rattinger
  • C. D. Mullins
  • I. H. Zuckerman
  • E. Onukwugha
  • S. Delisle
JNHA: Clinical Neurosciences



Our objective was to determine how patient demographics and outpatient referrals to specialized dementia (DEM) or mental health (MH) clinics influence receipt of anti-dementia (AD), antidepressant (ADEP), antipsychotic (APSY) and sedative-hypnotic (SEDH) medications among veterans with dementia.


Retrospective, cross-sectional observational study.


Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS).


Veterans aged ≥ 60 years with Alzheimer's or related dementia diagnosis after 1999 with minimum of one-year follow-up or death were included.


Retrospective analysis of VAMHCS electronic medical records were used to determine predictors of AD, ADEP, APSY, and SEDH prescribing using logistic regression models that examined visits to DEM or MH clinics, patient age, follow-up time, race/ethnicity and marital status.


Among 1209 veterans with average follow-up of 3.2 (SD 1.9) years, 36% percent had MH visits, 38% had DEM visits and 19% visited both clinics. DEM visits were associated with AD and ADEP but not APSY medication receipt (OR(AD:DEM) = 1.47, 95% CI = (1.052, 2.051); OR(ADEP:DEM) = 1.66, 95% CI = (1.193, 2.302); OR(APSY:DEM) = 1.35, 95% CI = (0.941, 1.929)). MH visit was associated with ADEP and APSY medication receipt (OR(AD:MH)/ = 1.16, 95% CI = (0.821, 1.631); OR(ADEP:MH) = 2.83, 95% CI = (2.005, 4.005); OR (APSY:MH) = 4.41, 95% CI = (3.109, 6.255)).


In the VAMHCS dementia population, visits to DEM or MH specialty clinics increase the odds of receiving AD, ADEP, and APSY medications.

Key words

Alzheimer's disease dementia Veterans Affairs Health Care System Electronic Medical Record 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. B. Rattinger
    • 1
  • C. D. Mullins
    • 1
  • I. H. Zuckerman
    • 1
  • E. Onukwugha
    • 1
  • S. Delisle
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Pharmaceutical Health Services Research DepartmentUniversity of Maryland School of PharmacyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care SystemBaltimoreUSA

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