Project
afgesloten

Use of general practitioner care by patients with dementia and their partners: a retrospective analysis of primary care registry data

Duration: December 2012 - March 2017

There are about 250.000 people suffering from dementia in the Netherlands. Dementia is a disease with a progressive and fatal course, characterized by severe deterioration in all functions. The period between initial onset and formal diagnosis may take months to years.

Two thirds of the people with dementia resides at home, where they are care for, to a great extent by their partners. This care can be a burden to the partners and may cause health problems.

With regard to the patients:
o What is the amount and kind of general practitioner contacts in dementia patients in the 3 years before a diagnosis of dementia is mentioned? And does this differ from the GP-use of a reference group?
o What is the amount and kind of general practitioner contacts in dementia patients in the 2 years following a diagnosis of dementia is mentioned? And does this differ from the GP-use of a reference group?

With regard to the partners
o What is the amount and kind of general practitioner contacts in partners of dementia patients in the 3 years before a diagnosis of dementia is mentioned? And does this differ from the GP-use of a reference group?
o What is the amount and kind of general practitioner contacts in partners of dementia patients in the 2 years following a diagnosis of dementia is mentioned? And does this differ from the GP-use of a reference group?

Retrospective analysis of general practitioner registration
Funding
ZonMW