In this study a representative sample of German acute care hospitals is used to describe the effects of dementia within acute care hospitals. Data from hospital patients above age 60 with the diagnosis dementia (ICD 290, 293, 294 and 310), collected over an observation period of 12 years, are compared with nondemented hospital patients at the same ages. The differences in the average length of stay between demented and nondemented patients are only relatively small in German acute care hospitals. The degree of multimorbidity is higher and hospital infections are more frequent for demented patients. The main differences occur with mortality: demented inpatients of both sexes experience a hospital mortality which is about twice as high as for nondemented patients at the same ages.
Prof. Dr. Reiner H. Dinkel, Institute of Quantitative Demography, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, Feldkirchenstrasse 21, D–96045 Bamberg (Germany)
Accepted: February 10, 1997
Number of Print Pages : 6
Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Vol. 8, No. 5, Year 1997 (Cover Date: 1997)
Journal Editor: Chan-Palay, V. (New York, N.Y.)
ISSN: 1420–8008 (print), 1421–9824 (Online)
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