Using big data to understand the health status, service use, and service pathways of people with less common types of dementia
People with dementia experience high rates of mental and physical health problems. It is important that the health system is prepared to meet their needs. Most research has focused on the health of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Less is known about the health status and health service use of people with less common types of dementia, including frontotemporal dementia and dementia due to other disorders or diseases. This study will use linked data from a large sample of people with less common types of dementia in NSW to describe patterns of mental and physical health problems and how they use health services. Findings will be compared to the NSW general population and to other more common dementia syndromes. This will inform the development of specific strategies that will allow health services to better meet the needs of people with less common types of dementia.
Rachael Cvejic is a psychologist and early career researcher with a keen interest in cognitive disorders. She is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry at UNSW Sydney.