Dementia patients have poor outcomes in hospital

Patients with dementia have worse outcomes of hospital care than patients without dementia. These include higher mortality rates, longer admissions and increased risk of transfer to a nursing home. The findings are based on a study of over 20,000 people with dementia admitted to NSW public hospitals in 2006/07.

People with dementia have over double the risk of hip fractures and head injuries and are susceptible to a range of other illnesses including chest and urinary infections, frequently requiring them to be admitted to hospitals. However, they then have substantially worse outcomes compared to patients without dementia.

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