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Dementia in acute hospital inpatients: the role of the geriatrician

Russ TC, Shenkin SD, Reynish E, Ryan T, Anderson D & MacLullich AMJ (2012) Dementia in acute hospital inpatients: the role of the geriatrician. Age and Ageing, 41 (3), pp. 282-284.

First paragraph: Dementia remains grossly underdiagnosed in the UK. Between 40 and 64% of those affected are not formally diagnosed. Patients with dementia have high rates of hospital admission: around 6% of people with dementia are inpatients in general hospitals at a given time-point, compared with approximately 0.6% of over-65s without dementia.  A recent study found that 42% of acute medical admissions of over-70s had dementia but only half had been diagnosed.

Output Type: Editorial

Age and Ageing: Volume 41, Issue 3

Author(s)Russ, Tom C; Shenkin, Susan D; Reynish, Emma; Ryan, Tracy; Anderson, Dave; MacLullich, Alasdair M J
Publication date31/05/2012
PublisherOxford University Press
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