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Lancet. 2002 Jul 20;360(9328):225-6.

Prevalence of dementia in institutional care.

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Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK. Fiona.matthews@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Information about dementia prevalence in residential and nursing care homes helps these institutions to meet residents' needs. We combined residential characteristics ascertained at a screening interview in 1991-93 with dementia diagnoses from assessment interviews in the UK Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study, a population-based study of 13004 elderly people. Almost 5% of people aged 65 years or older lived in institutions--34% (95% CI 30-39) of individuals with dementia. Within institutions, dementia prevalence was 62% (52-71), and was slightly higher in women than in men, with no increase by age. That most residents have dementia has implications for the type of care that institutions provide.

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12133659
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(02)09461-8
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