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Age, sex, and functional impairment predicted risk of mortality in incident dementia at 14 years

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C Brayne

Dr C Brayne, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; carol.brayne@medschl.cam.ac.uk

STUDY QUESTION

In patients with incident dementia, what is the association between various prognostic factors and risk of mortality?

STUDY DESIGN

Design:

prospective cohort study followed for 14 years.

Setting:

2 rural and 3 urban centres in England and Wales, UK.

Patients:

inception cohort of 438 patients >65 years of age (median age 84 y) who were diagnosed with dementia based on a geriatric mental state examination algorithm. People who had prevalent dementia during entry into the cohort or whose onset of dementia could not be estimated were excluded.

Prognostic factors:

age at onset of dementia, sex, marital status, accommodation type (community or institution), education level (⩽9 y, 10–11 y, …

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