Journal article

The Australian childhood dementia study

K Nunn, K Williams, R Ouvrier

European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | DR DIETRICH STEINKOPFF VERLAG | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of childhood dementia, identify aetiological factors, and provide a brief survey of the psychosocial impact of childhood dementia. METHOD: The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) was used to identify children with dementia. A total of 224 cases were notified about the dementia study and 141 (63%) questionnaires were completed and returned. Ascertainment was restricted to those most likely to have progressive neurocognitive decline because of practitioner bias against reporting non-progressive cases as dementia. RESULTS: Eighty children with dementia were identified. The estimated prevalence for dementia in childhood in Australian was 5.6/100,..

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