Vol. 8 nº 1 - Jan/Feb/Mar de 2014
Original Article Páginas: 40 a 46

Dementia care in public health in Brazil and the world: A systematic review

Authors Bianca Bolzan Cieto1; Gabriela Gallego Valera2; Glaucia Bueno Soares3; Roberta Hehl de Sylos Cintra4; Francisco Assis Carvalho Vale5


keywords: dementia, public health, health policy.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify in the recent scientific literature, information on health care provided to people with dementia, dementia costs and its resource implications for public health.
METHODS: This was a systematic review of the literature in which the articles were consulted from the databases PubMed/MEDLINE, LILACS and SciELO. The review sample consisted of 45 articles.
RESULTS: Examination of the studies identified the current scenario of dementia in relation to public health and public policy in Brazil and the world. The analyzed studies revealed key information on aspects of dementia in the world. There was consensus on the high prevalence of the syndrome and on the significant cost of health care and public policy for assisting the elderly with dementia.
CONCLUSION: The importance of planning and implementing new public policies was recognized, since these are essential for the organization and management of health services and directly influence the country's ability to provide health care for people with dementia.


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