Comparison of healthcare utilization and direct costs in three degenerative dementias

Daniel L. Murman, Qin Chen, Philomena M. Colucci, Christopher C. Colenda, Douglas J. Gelb, Jersey Liang

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The authors conducted a survey of healthcare utilization in three dementia syndromes to determine whether type of dementia influenced utilization or resulting direct costs. Patients with Alzheimer disease (n=131), dementia with parkinsonism (n=85), and Huntington disease (n=51) were identified from a registry and enrolled. Caregivers completed the mailed survey, and direct costs were estimated. The presence of dementia with parkinsonism resulted in significantly greater utilization of long-term care services and higher total direct costs. In all three groups, long-term care costs accounted for the majority of direct costs. Unique patterns of utilization and costs are seen in specific neurodegenerative dementias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-336
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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