APH 2004, 62, 125-142:
The Qualidem project in Belgium. A two-center study on care needs and provision in dementia care: inclusion criteria and description of the population.
L. Paquay, J. De Lepeleire, B. Schoenmakers, J. Stessens, A. Bouwen, M. van der Burg, D. Di Notte,
M. Ylieff, O. Fontaine, F. Buntinx
Keywords: Dementia, Primary Health Care, Methods, Quality of Health Care
Aims: This paper discusses the methodology and results of a three
stage diagnostic procedure aimed to select demented subjects and nondemented
controls for a prospective field study on the need for care and
the primary care provisions for demented persons.
Results: Primary health care workers initially included 4,431 patients. In the third stage 1,036 persons were eligible for CAMDEX-testing of which 409 (39.5%) were diagnosed as demented, 41 (4.0%) as mild cognitive impaired (MCI) and 127 (12.3%) as depressed.
Conclusions: The final study population is a well documented and relevant population to study assessment instruments for the need for care and the quality of life of demented persons and their informal caregivers.