Session Title: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) including Non-Cognitive Aspects
Presentation Date: Friday, March 14 – Saturday, March 15, 2009
PREVALENCE OF DEMENTIA AMONG INPATIENTS IN A UK DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITAL
R. Chugh1, T. Haider2
1Mile End Hospital, London, United Kingdom, 2Basildon Hospital, Basildon, United Kingdom
Introduction: Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care is a considerable challenge. We carried out a spot survey to identify the prevalence of dementia among medical inpatients in a UK district general hospital.
Method: The survey was conducted at the same time on all medical & geriatric wards in the hospital. All the wards were visited and following review of the case notes, patients with a diagnosis of dementia were identified. Information was also collected on the severity of dementia.
Results: We identified that 78(24%) out of 330 medical patients had dementia of variable severity. Majority of patients with dementia (68) were appropriately admitted to one of the geriatric wards of the hospital. 54 patients with dementia were in the age group 80-89 years. There was a female preponderance, almost double the number of male patients with dementia.
Conclusion: A quarter of our medical patients in a district general hospital have cognitive impairment of some degree. However the medical wards are not best placed to provide high quality services that address the specific personal & social care needs of people with dementia. There is a need to enhance liaison service that specialises in management of dementia.