Detection of Dementia in Primary Care: The Linköping Study
2000 (English)In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, ISSN 1420-8008, E-ISSN 1421-9824, Vol. 11, no 4, 223-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We examined to what extent dementia and cognitive impairment are detected in a primary health care centre. A systematic sample of patients aged 70 years and above, who attended a primary health care centre for a doctor’s consultation (n = 350) were examined with a neuropsychiatric examination and an interview with a close informant. Dementia was diagnosed according to DSM-III-R. Medical records from the health centre were examined for entries on cognitive decline or dementia, other diagnoses and prescribed drugs. The prevalence of dementia was 16.3% and a further 3.1% had questionable dementia. Cognitive disturbances or dementia were noted in case records in 15 out of 57 (26%) demented cases, and in 1 out of 11 (9%) questionable dementias. Compared to non-demented patients, the demented had more diagnoses and a higher number of prescribed drugs. Severity and duration of dementia were associated with an increased detection.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 11, no 4, 223-229 p.
dementia, primary care, detection, prevalence
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27074DOI: 10.1159/000017241PubMedID: 10867449Local ID: 11721OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27074DiVA: diva2:247625