Journal article

Mortality in dementia is predicted by older age of onset and cognitive presentation

Samantha M Loi, Paraskevi Tsoukra, Zhiben Chen, Pierre Wibawa, Tamara Mijuskovic, Dhamidhu Eratne, Maria A Di Biase, Andrew Evans, Sarah Farrand, Wendy Kelso, Anita MY Goh, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Survival information in dementia is important for future planning and service provision. There have been limited Australian data investigating survival duration and risk factors associated with mortality in younger-onset dementia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional retrospective study investigating survival in inpatients with a diagnosis of dementia admitted to a tertiary neuropsychiatry service from 1991 to 2014. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Death Index was used to obtain mortality information. RESULTS: A total of 468 inpatients were identified, of which 75% had symptom onset at ⩽65 years of age (defined as younger-onset dementia). Dementia was catego..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: S.M.L. is funded by the Yulgilbar Alzheimer's Research Program and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (GNT1138968). NorthWestern Mental Health seed grant also provided funding for this project. All the other authors report no relevant disclosures.