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Epidemiology of old age psychiatry: an overview of concepts and main studies 

Epidemiology of old age psychiatry: an overview of concepts and main studies
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Epidemiology of old age psychiatry: an overview of concepts and main studies
Author(s):

Thais Minett

, Blossom Stephan

, and Carol Brayne

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0005
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date: 23 November 2017

Epidemiology is the foundation of public health and rational planning of services. In the field of old age psychiatry, the information provided by epidemiological research has been highly influential. As the world older population is growing proportionally faster than the other age segments, there is a continuous need for further epidemiological research in old age psychiatry. Neuropsychiatric conditions, such as depression and dementia, cognitive impairment, behavioural and functional decline, place a considerable onus on the health, social and economic systems. This chapter presents some of the world demographic data and basic epidemiological concepts, discusses some methodological issues in the epidemiology of mental disorders in old age, and presents a summary of many of the most important studies in this field.

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