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The worldwide costs of dementia 2015 and comparisons with 2010
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg. Karolinska Inst, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc NVS, Aging Res Ctr, Stockholm, Sweden.;Stockholm Univ, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Inst, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc NVS, Div Neurogeriatr, Stockholm, Sweden..
Kings Coll London, Global Observ Ageing & Dementia Care, Inst Psychiat Psychol & Neurosci, Hlth Serv & Populat Res Dept, London, England..
Kings Coll London, Global Observ Ageing & Dementia Care, Inst Psychiat Psychol & Neurosci, Hlth Serv & Populat Res Dept, London, England..
Univ Exeter, Dept Psychol, Coll Life & Environm Sci, REACH, Exeter, Devon, England..
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2017 (English)In: Alzheimer's & Dementia, ISSN 1552-5260, E-ISSN 1552-5279, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: In 2010, Alzheimer's Disease International presented estimates of the global cost of illness (COI) of dementia. Since then, new studies have been conducted, and the number of people with dementia has increased. Here, we present an update of the global cost estimates. Methods: This is a societal, prevalence-based global COI study. Results: The worldwide costs of dementia were estimated at United States (US) $818 billion in 2015, an increase of 35% since 2010; 86% of the costs occur in high-income countries. Costs of informal care and the direct costs of social care still contribute similar proportions of total costs, whereas the costs in the medical sector are much lower. The threshold of US $1 trillion will be crossed by 2018. Discussion: Worldwide costs of dementia are enormous and still inequitably distributed. The increase in costs arises from increases in numbers of people with dementia and in increases in per person costs.

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2017. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-7
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Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Cost, Economics, Costs of illness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-315828DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.07.150ISI: 000391912300001PubMedID: 27583652OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-315828DiVA, id: diva2:1076009
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