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What is the potential for improving care and lowering cost for persons with dementia?

  • Karen Davis (a1), Amber Willink (a1) and Halima Amjad (a2)
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The increasing prevalence of dementia with population aging has heightened interest in understanding patterns of utilization and health expenditures in persons with dementia (PWD) among policy officials, practicing physicians, and health system. While a substantial part of this interest is concerned with the high costs of care for people diagnosed with dementia (Kelley et al., 2015), less attention has been focused on the costs and consequences of missed or delayed diagnosis in those who screen positive for dementia. The article on “Healthcare resource utilization and cost in dementia: are there differences between patients screened positive for dementia with and those without a formal diagnosis of dementia in primary care in Germany?” by Michalowsky and colleagues (Michalowsky et al., 2015) in this issue makes a particularly important contribution in this regard.

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Email: karen.davis@jhu.edu
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KelleyA. S., McGarryK., FahleS., MarshallS. M., DuQ. and SkinnerJ. S. (2015). The burden of health care costs for patients with dementia in the last 5 years of life. Annals of Internal Medicine, 163, 729736.
MichalowskyB., EichlerT., ThyrianJ. R., WuchererD., HoffmannW. and FlessaS. (2015). Healthcare resource utilization and cost in dementia: are there differences between patients screened positive for dementia with and those without a formal diagnosis of dementia in primary care in Germany? International Psychogeriatrics, 851, pp.111. Available at: http://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1041610215001453.
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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
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