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The Descriptive Epidemiology of the Dementias

  • D. W. K. Kay
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As has long been known, dementia is an important cause of admission of elderly patients to psychiatric hospitals. In addition, many demented persons are to be found in nonpsychiatric facilities such as geriatric hospitals, nursing homes and communal homes of various kinds. But are these merely the tip of an iceberg? Only community surveys in which each person has an equal chance of being identified can provide unbiased information about the incidence and prevalence of dementia in a population and the characteristics of those affected. In this paper I shall try to describe what epidemiological surveys have revealed.


Vascular Dementia Senile Dementia Mild Dementia Descriptive Epidemiology Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire 
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  • D. W. K. Kay
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  1. 1.Prudhoe HospitalPrudhoe, NorthumberlandGreat Britain

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