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Counting the cost of dementia-related hospital admissions: a regional investigation


Annear, MJ and Tierney, LT and Vickers, JC and Palmer, AJ, Counting the cost of dementia-related hospital admissions: a regional investigation, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35, (3) pp. E32-E35. ISSN 1440-6381 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12318


AIM: At a time of increasing dementia prevalence, this research explores the cost of treatment and length of stay associated with the syndrome in a large regional hospital.

METHODS: Database analysis of 4332 recorded admissions to a large regional Australian hospital among adults aged 55 years and older during winter 2013 and 2014.

RESULTS: Costs of hospital treatment and length of stay for people with a diagnosis of dementia who presented to a regional hospital were significantly greater than people with no diagnosis over two years. Costs were unrelated to age or likelihood of death in hospital. Prevalence of dementia admissions was low, but treated conditions indicate that the syndrome may be an underlying, and potentially unrecognised, factor in many admissions.

CONCLUSIONS: Dementia imposes a large cost and resource burden on a regional hospital. Improved identification of the syndrome on admission and implementation of best-evidence management of dementia in regional hospitals may improve care efficiency.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, cost of treatment, dementia, regional hospital
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Health economics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
UTAS Author:Tierney, LT (Mrs Laura Tierney)
UTAS Author:Vickers, JC (Professor James Vickers)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
ID Code:108946
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-05-12
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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