Journal article

Time to diagnosis in younger-onset dementia and the impact of a specialist diagnostic service.

Samantha M Loi, Anita MY Goh, Ramon Mocellin, Charles B Malpas, Shaun Parker, Dhamidhu Eratne, Sarah Farrand, Wendy Kelso, Andrew Evans, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis

Int Psychogeriatr | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: While early diagnosis of younger-onset dementia (YOD) is crucial in terms of accessing appropriate services and future planning, diagnostic delays are common. This study aims to identify predictors of delay to diagnosis in a large sample of people with YOD and to investigate the impact of a specialist YOD service on this time to diagnosis. DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: The inpatient unit of a tertiary neuropsychiatry service in metropolitan Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: People diagnosed with a YOD. MEASUREMENTS AND METHODS: We investigated the following predictors using general linear modeling: demographics including sex and location, age at onset, ..

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