Substantial rise in emergency admissions for dementia in England

  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • 22 Jan 2020

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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The Alzheimer’s Society has published a new report which highlights the prevalence and duration of emergency hospital admissions for individuals with dementia in England for 2012-2013 to 2017-2018. The report was developed through an analysis of the NHS England’s Hospital Episode Statistics data set.

Key findings from the report are as follows:

  • Hospital admissions of individuals with dementia rose from 279,265 in 2012-2013 to 379,004 in 2017-2018, showing an increase of 35 per cent.
  • More than 40,000 individuals with dementia were hospitalised for a duration of one month to one year in 2017-2018, indicating a rise of 6 per cent since 2012-2013.
  • 412 individuals were hospitalised for more than six months but less than a year. This figure is 18 per cent higher than that in 2013-2014.
  • Among the admissions, 245,935 individuals aged ≥30 years or 237,881 individuals aged >65 years were in treatment after an emergency admission.
  • More than half of individuals diagnosed with dementia in 2017-2018 were estimated to be admitted to the hospital.
  • More than half of the individuals admitted to hospital from 2012-2013 to 2017-2018 had multiple admissions.