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Van Der Horst, H. E.

The accuracy of family physicians' dementia diagnoses at different stages of dementia: a systematic review

Objective: Optimising care for dementia patients and their informal carers is imperative in light of the impending dementia epidemic. An important aspect of care is accurate recognition and diagnosis of dementia. The aim of this review was to estimate family physicians' diagnostic accuracy at the different stages of dementia.

Methods: Pubmed, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and the Cochrane Library were searched for articles comparing family physicians' ‘dementia’ and ‘cognitive impairment’ diagnoses in the primary care setting to reference standard dementia diagnoses.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Predictors of Societal Costs in Dementia Patients and Their Informal Caregivers: A Two-Year Prospective Cohort Study

Objectives: Dementia poses a substantial economic burden on society. Knowing which factors predict high costs in dementia may help to better target interventions and optimize resource allocation. This study aimed to identify predictors of the total societal costs in dementia patients and their informal caregivers.

Design: Prospective cohort study with 2-year follow up.

Setting and Participants: 192 community-dwelling patients with dementia and their primary informal caregivers in the Netherlands.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10