The clinical characteristics and the level of service use were studied in a cohort of 200 patients referred for the investigation of presenile dementia, having had the onset of symptoms before the age of 65.
The most common diagnoses given were Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and depressive pseudodementia.
The level of psychiatric morbidity was high, depression insomnia, anxiety and aggression being the most common symptoms.
As regards rate of service use, 22% of the Liverpool patients were in residential care after 1 year of follow-up, in contrast to 8% initially.
We conclude that there is a need for specialized multidisciplinary services for this group of patients, both diagnostic and supportive.
Mots-clés Pascal : Démence présénile, Symptomatologie, Trouble psychiatrique, Utilisation, Besoin, Service santé, Adulte, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Presenile dementia, Symptomatology, Mental disorder, Use, Need, Health service, Adult, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Cote : 96-0484608
Code Inist : 002B18C13. Création : 10/04/1997.