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Vol. 8, No. 5, 1997
Issue release date: 1997
Section title: Original Research Article
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 1997;8:314–319
(DOI:10.1159/000106649)

The Effects of Dementia in German Acute Care Hospitals

Dinkel R.H. · Lebok U.H.
aInstitute of Quantitative Demography, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, bBavarian Public Health Research Center, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

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Abstract of Original Research Article

Published online: 8/20/1997

Number of Print Pages: 6
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ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

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Abstract

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.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Research Article

Published online: 8/20/1997

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM


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