|Year : 2009 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 42-44
Dementia clinic in general hospital settings
KS Shaji1, Thomas Iype2, K Praveenlal3
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
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.
K S Shaji
Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thrissur - 680 596, Kerala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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