Growth in dementia-associated hospitalizations among the oldest old in the United States: implications for ethical health services planning
Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Medical Subject Headings
Aged, 80 and over; *Dementia; Ethical Analysis; Female; Health Care Costs; Health Services Misuse; Health Transition; Hospitalization; Humans; Male
Geriatrics | Health Services Research | Primary Care
As the world population ages, an epidemic of neurologic diseases, such as Alzheimer-type dementia and Parkinson disease, is predicted. The most rapid population growth has been observed in the 85 years and older group ... Concurrent with this population growth, we have witnessed a vast expansion of health care utilization and expenditures, with the consequent close scrutiny and attempts to rein in this supply-driven juggernaut. ... We conducted this analysis to gain a better understanding of the current trends in dementia-associated hospitalizations among the 85 years and older population in the United States and its implications for future health care policy planning.
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Citation: Arch Intern Med. 2011 Nov 14;171(20):1850-1. Link to article on publisher's site