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Conference Paper: Characteristics of early help-seekers for suspected dementia

TitleCharacteristics of early help-seekers for suspected dementia
Authors
KeywordsGerontology and geriatrics
Issue Date2014
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org
Citation
The 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2014), Washington, DC., 5-9 November 2014. In The Gerontologist, 2014, v. 54 suppl. 2, p. 235 How to Cite?
AbstractDelays in seeking professional help are common in people with dementia. Identifying characteristics of early help-seekers would inform public awareness strategies. Methods: Casenote review of people seeking help from a low-barrier, territory-wide professional assessment service available since 2006 in Hong Kong. Findings: A total of 497 casenote records were reviewed (67% female; age 75.5 ± 8.8 years). People waited on average 18.4 months (median, 14 months; range, 1-84 months) since first notice of symptoms before seeking assessment. Among help-seekers who were assessed as having probable dementia, a multiple regression model (R2=.39, F(15,87)=3.77, p<.01) showed that earlier help-seekers had more symptoms observed by caregiver (p=.03), higher MMSE score (p<.01), were older (p<.01), and had better IADL (p=.02); subjective complaints of the person were unrelated (p=.56); severity on different clinical domains predicted delays differentially. Implications: The number of symptoms observed by caregivers predicted earlier help-seeking, which is associated with milder disease.
DescriptionConference Theme: Making Connections: From Cells to Societies
Session 685 (Symposium)
This journal suppl. entitled: 2014 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205512
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.168
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.584

 

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dc.contributor.authorNG, CKMen_US
dc.contributor.authorLum, TYSen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, GHYen_US
dc.contributor.authorLau, MYen_US
dc.contributor.authorKwok, TSen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-20T02:59:06Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-20T02:59:06Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationThe 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2014), Washington, DC., 5-9 November 2014. In The Gerontologist, 2014, v. 54 suppl. 2, p. 235en_US
dc.identifier.issn0016-9013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205512-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Making Connections: From Cells to Societies-
dc.descriptionSession 685 (Symposium)-
dc.descriptionThis journal suppl. entitled: 2014 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts-
dc.description.abstractDelays in seeking professional help are common in people with dementia. Identifying characteristics of early help-seekers would inform public awareness strategies. Methods: Casenote review of people seeking help from a low-barrier, territory-wide professional assessment service available since 2006 in Hong Kong. Findings: A total of 497 casenote records were reviewed (67% female; age 75.5 ± 8.8 years). People waited on average 18.4 months (median, 14 months; range, 1-84 months) since first notice of symptoms before seeking assessment. Among help-seekers who were assessed as having probable dementia, a multiple regression model (R2=.39, F(15,87)=3.77, p<.01) showed that earlier help-seekers had more symptoms observed by caregiver (p=.03), higher MMSE score (p<.01), were older (p<.01), and had better IADL (p=.02); subjective complaints of the person were unrelated (p=.56); severity on different clinical domains predicted delays differentially. Implications: The number of symptoms observed by caregivers predicted earlier help-seeking, which is associated with milder disease.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Gerontologisten_US
dc.subjectGerontology and geriatrics-
dc.titleCharacteristics of early help-seekers for suspected dementiaen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLum, TYS: tlum@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, GHY: ghywong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLau, MY: mlau@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailKwok, TS: dkts@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.authorityWong, GHY=rp01850en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/geront/gnu106-
dc.identifier.hkuros239027en_US
dc.identifier.volume54-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 2-
dc.identifier.spage235-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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