ELS obtained funding devised the project, collected and analysed data and drafted the final paper. MB, MK and LJ supervised the project, data analysis and contributed to the interpretation of results and writing of the paper. BL led data analysis and wrote the paper.
Survival of people with dementia after unplanned acute hospital admission: a prospective cohort study
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2012
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International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 28, Issue 10, pages 1015–1022, October 2013
How to Cite
Sampson, E. L., Leurent, B., Blanchard, M. R., Jones, L. and King, M. (2013), Survival of people with dementia after unplanned acute hospital admission: a prospective cohort study. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 28: 1015–1022. doi: 10.1002/gps.3919
The copyright line for this article was changed on 4 March 2015 after original online publication.
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 AUG 2012
- acute hospital;
- palliative care
To examine the effect of dementia on longer term survival after hospital admission, and to assess whether dementia is an independent predictor of mortality. This information is vital for the provision of appropriate care.
A prospective cohort study, in a large urban acute general hospital, of 616 people (70 years and older) with unplanned medical admission. The principal exposure was DSM-IV dementia and main outcome mortality risk. Dementia severity was analysed by using the Functional Assessment Staging scale. We examined a range of modifying variables: acute physiological disturbance (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation), chronic comorbidity (Charlson Comorbidity Index, CCI) and pressure sore risk (Waterlow score).
A total 42.4% of the cohort had dementia. Nearly half (48.3%) had died 12 months after admission (median survival time 1.1 years compared with 2.7 years in people without dementia). Unadjusted hazard ratios for mortality in people with dementia was 1.66 (95% CI 1.35–2.04) and for people with moderately severe/severe dementia 2.01 (95% CI 1.57–2.57). After sequential adjustment (age, gender, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation score, Charlson Comorbidity Index and Waterlow score), patients with dementia had a mortality risk of 1.24 (95% CI 0.95–1.60) and those with moderately severe/severe dementia 1.33 (0.97–1.84).
People with dementia had half the survival time of those without dementia. The effect of dementia on mortality was reduced after adjustment, particularly by the Waterlow score, a marker of frailty. The median survival of 1 year suggests clinicians should consider adopting a supportive approach to the care of older people with moderate/severe dementia who have an emergency hospital admission. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.