Survival in patients with incident dementia compared with a control group: a five-year follow-up
International Psychogeriatrics, 07/18/2012
Koller D et al. – Although some factors, such as education or the type and severity of dementia, could not be included in the analyses, the study shows a clear influence of dementia on mortality irrespective of age, sex, care dependency, and comorbidities. The strongest influence on mortality was found for dementia patients with nursing care dependency. Taking into account their mortality of around 70% in care level 1 and up to 80% in care levels 2 and 3, healthcare delivery to these patient groups should strongly consider elements of palliative care focusing on the quality of life.