Dementia, diagnostic disclosure, and self-reported health status

Kellie H. Campbell, Carol B. Stocking, Gavin W. Hougham, Peter J. Whitehouse, Deborah D. Danner, Greg Sachs

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the general awareness of cognitive impairment in persons with documented dementia, evaluate the subject's recall of a diagnostic disclosure from a physician and their recollection of the discussion, and determine whether this awareness of cognitive impairment or the recall of diagnostic disclosure is associated with poorer self-rated health scores. DESIGN: Secondary data analysis. SETTING: Three university-based clinical referral sites for dementia illnesses. PARTICIPANTS: Convenience sample of 149 patients with a diagnosis of dementia. MEASUREMENTS: Bivariate and logistic regression models with the outcome variables of patient self-report of memory problems, patient report of being told about memory problems by a physician, and self-reported health scores. RESULTS: Ninety-six of 149 (64.4%) subjects reported that they had memory problems, and this report was independently associated with younger age (P=.01) and higher Mini-Mental State Examination score (P=.02). Thirty-nine (26.2%) subjects reported being told by a physician about a diagnosis of dementia or memory problems. This recall was associated with younger age (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-300
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Diagnostic disclosure
  • Self-rated health

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Dementia, diagnostic disclosure, and self-reported health status. / Campbell, Kellie H.; Stocking, Carol B.; Hougham, Gavin W.; Whitehouse, Peter J.; Danner, Deborah D.; Sachs, Greg.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 56, No. 2, 02.2008, p. 296-300.

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Campbell, Kellie H. ; Stocking, Carol B. ; Hougham, Gavin W. ; Whitehouse, Peter J. ; Danner, Deborah D. ; Sachs, Greg. / Dementia, diagnostic disclosure, and self-reported health status. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2008 ; Vol. 56, No. 2. pp. 296-300.
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