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Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2011;31(5):388-96. doi: 10.1159/000327362. Epub 2011 Jul 1.

Quality of dementia diagnostic evaluation for ethnic minority patients: a nationwide study.

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Memory Disorders Research Group, Danish Dementia Research Center, Department of Neurology, Neuroscience Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark. rune.nielsen @ rh.regionh.dk

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

Diagnostic evaluation of dementia for ethnic minority patients may be challenging. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of diagnostic evaluation of dementia for patients from ethnic minorities in Denmark.

METHODS:

The Danish national hospital registers were used to identify patients from the main ethnic minority groups in Denmark, who were diagnosed with dementia in the period 2005-2007. Three raters independently reviewed the patients' medical records. Data were compared to data from a previous similar study in the general Danish population.

RESULTS:

Fifty-seven medical records were reviewed. An acceptable diagnostic workup was documented in only 23% of the patients. Dementia diagnosis was confirmed in 35%. Significant differences in the quality of the diagnostic evaluation were found between patients from ethnic minorities and the general population.

CONCLUSION:

There are significant ethnic disparities in the quality of diagnostic evaluations and outcome of dementia in the secondary healthcare sector.

PMID:
21720163
DOI:
10.1159/000327362
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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