Survival in a large elderly population of patients with dementia and other forms of psychogeriatric diseases.

Karin Nilsson, Lars Gustafson, Björn Hultberg

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Abstract

Background: Dementia and other psychogeriatric diseases in elderly patients bring an increased risk of death. Better knowledge of prognosis in elderly patients affected by dementia or mental illness should be of great importance in order to improve care plans and assist in medical decisions. Methods: We have investigated the survival time in 2,112 patients with dementia and other forms of psychogeriatric diseases, enrolled during 1990 to 2005 and followed up until 2009, and the influence of diagnoses, plasma homocysteine level, presence of vascular disease and renal impairment. Results: The survival time after diagnosis in most diagnostic groups is about a third compared to an average population of similar age and sex. Age was the main predictor of survival time in all patients. Conclusions: All diagnoses, except in patients with subjective cognitive impairments, showed an increased mortality. These estimates can be used for prognosis and planning for patients, carers, service providers and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-350
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology (013250300), Department of Psychogeriatrics (013304000)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Geriatrics
  • Medicinal Chemistry

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