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Dementia India Report 2010

Dementia India Report 2010

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This report examines the prevalence, impact, costs and services for individuals suffering from dementia. With nearly 3.7 million with dementia in India as of 2010, there is little or no social services available for the many affected by it and for the families who care for them.
This report examines the prevalence, impact, costs and services for individuals suffering from dementia. With nearly 3.7 million with dementia in India as of 2010, there is little or no social services available for the many affected by it and for the families who care for them.

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In order to develop services for PwD, it is important to understand the health
seeking behaviour of people with this disease. Several studies have looked at the
use of health services by PwD. The 10/66 dementia research group compared the
health seeking behaviour of families in four developing countries, three months
before the interview (Prince et al, 2004a). A majority of people required help but

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quite clearly, a majority of PwD in India and South Asia would avail the services of
private doctors. This is mainly because the services are home based which is not the
case in most other health services. The detailed findings are provided in table.

Table 4.2: Health seeking bahaviour of people with dementia in four developing
regions of the world.

Type of service opted

India and
S. Asia
n=179

China and
S.E.Asia
n=91

Latin America
and Caribbean
n=416

Nigeria
n=20

Government primary Care

5%

36%

45%

5%

Government Hospital

5%

54%

51%

90%

Private doctors

56%

10%

42%

80%

Hospital admissions

11%

7%

14%

15%

Traditional healers

1%

12%

2%

40%

No Services

33%

18%

11%

5%

A study conducted in Goa and Chennai, compared the health seeking
bahaviours of PwD with that of people with depression (yet another common mental
illness in the elderly) and those who did not have dementia or depression. In Goa,
76% of the PwD reported to have visited a private doctor compared to 43% in those
with depression and 24% in the controls free of dementia and depression. Similarly
in Chennai, 47% visited a private doctor compared to 23% each in those with
depression and controls without dementia and depression. A more recent study
conducetd in Chennai (Urban) and Vellore (Rural) echoed a similar trend. In the rural
center at Vellore, 45% of the 106 PwD, availed the services of a private doctor.
However, 28% had visited a PHC facility. In the urban area in Chennai, 6.7% visited
a PHC while 33.3% visited a private doctor.

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