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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-44

Dementia clinic in general hospital settings


1 Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thrissur - 680596, Kerala, India
2 Department of Neurology, Medical College, Thiruvanatha Puram, Kerala, India
3 Principal, Medical College, Thrissur - 680596, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
K S Shaji
Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thrissur - 680 596, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.44904

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Background: There is a need to develop specialised dementia care services in developing countries. Materials and Methods: We used the existing infrastructure of a general hospital to start a weekly dementia clinic. Results: We were able to support home-based care, even in patients with advanced disease. This new service gave us opportunity to train clinicians and researchers interested in dementia. Conclusion: It is feasible to start weekly dementia clinics using existing infrastructure in developing countries. Networking of such centres can generate a database capable of guiding service development.



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