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Counting the cost of dementia-related hospital admissions: a regional investigation

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posted on 2023-05-18, 19:26 authored by Annear, MJ, Laura Tierney, James VickersJames Vickers, Andrew Palmer
AIM: At a time of increasing dementia prevalence, this research explores the cost of treatment and length of stay associated with the syndrome in a large regional hospital.

METHODS: Database analysis of 4332 recorded admissions to a large regional Australian hospital among adults aged 55 years and older during winter 2013 and 2014.

RESULTS: Costs of hospital treatment and length of stay for people with a diagnosis of dementia who presented to a regional hospital were significantly greater than people with no diagnosis over two years. Costs were unrelated to age or likelihood of death in hospital. Prevalence of dementia admissions was low, but treated conditions indicate that the syndrome may be an underlying, and potentially unrecognised, factor in many admissions.

CONCLUSIONS: Dementia imposes a large cost and resource burden on a regional hospital. Improved identification of the syndrome on admission and implementation of best-evidence management of dementia in regional hospitals may improve care efficiency.

History

Publication title

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Volume

35

Pagination

E32-E35

ISSN

1440-6381

Department/School

Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Place of publication

Australia

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Copyright 2016 AJA Inc.

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified

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