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Assessing the Penetrance of Dementia Services

by Michael Rozsa 1 and Leon Flicker 2,3,*
Resident Medical Officer Royal Perth Hospital, Perth 6001, Australia
Geriatric Medicine, Western Australian Centre for Health & Ageing, Medical School, University of Western Australia, Crawley 6009, Australia
Geriatrician, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth 6001, Australia
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Healthcare 2019, 7(3), 81;
Received: 22 May 2019 / Revised: 5 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Healthcare in 2019)
Introduction: This scoping review aims to identify studies that assess dementia case finding programs (such as memory clinics) on a population basis and specifically assess the impacts that these services have on the diagnosis and management of dementia within a specific population. Methods: We conducted a literature review using the PubMed database, Ovid search engine, and records identified from external sources. This review assessed studies that contained data on patients diagnosed with dementia within a set population, reviewed the impact of specialty services on the diagnosis and management of such patients, and evaluated how this compared to data estimates for that population catchment. Results: The literature review yielded 1106 unique studies, of which only five were determined to be relevant based on the inclusion criteria. There was considerable variation between the primary outcome measures of the five studies included, and a quantitative meta-analysis could not be performed. Discussion: There are currently limited data on the fraction of the total population of people with dementia that are diagnosed and managed by specialised dementia assessment services within a set population. Further studies investigating how these services impact the incidence and prevalence of dementia diagnosis and ongoing management are required. View Full-Text
Keywords: dementia; cognitive impairment; memory clinics; assessment penetrance dementia; cognitive impairment; memory clinics; assessment penetrance
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