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Large impact of COVID-19 on dementia diagnosis and care

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Prof. Bengt Winblad, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
EAN 2022
Registry-based national data of Sweden demonstrated that the COVID-19 pandemic not only increased mortality of dementia patients in 2020, but also has extensively affected dementia diagnosis and care. This could have severe long-term consequences in terms of underdiagnosis and undertreatment of dementia, particularly amongst elderly women, the researchers warn. In the Swedish population of 10.4 million people, around 150,000 have dementia, with 24,000 newly diagnosed patients each year. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now around 2.5 million; 90% of deaths were in people aged >70 years. To explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dementia diagnosis and care, Prof. Bengt Winblad (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) and colleagues collected regional and national data on International Classification of Disease version 10 coding (ICD-10), COVID-19 incidence, mortality, and population census from 2015–2020 from the National Institute o...

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