Journal article

Dementia in older people admitted to hospital: An analysis of length of stay and associated costs

Susan Ahern, Jodi Cronin, Noel Woods, Noeleen M Brady, Niamh A O'Regan, Steven Trawley, Suzanne Timmons



OBJECTIVES: Patients with dementia in the acute setting are generally considered to impose higher costs on the health system compared to those without the disease largely due to longer length of stay (LOS). Many studies exploring the economic impact of the disease extrapolate estimates based on the costs of patients diagnosed using routinely collected hospital discharge data only. However, much dementia is undiagnosed, and therefore in limiting the analysis to this cohort, we believe that LOS and the associated costs of dementia may be overestimated. We examined LOS and associated costs in a cohort of patients specifically screened for dementia in the hospital setting. METHODS: Using primary..

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Funding Acknowledgements

[ "Health Research Board, Grant/Award Number: HRA HSR/2011/4; Health Research Board, Grant/Award Number: HRA HSR/2011/4", "This work was supported by the Health Research Board grant number HRA HSR/2011/4. The investigators were solely responsible for the design, planning, conducting, interpretation, and publication of this study, and the funding source did not participate in such." ]