Dementia in developing countries. A consensus statement from the 10/66 Dementia Research Group

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000 Jan;15(1):14-20. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1166(200001)15:1<14::aid-gps70>;2-8.


Less than one-tenth of all population-based research into dementia is directed towards the two-thirds or more of cases living in developing parts of the world. The 10/66 Dementia Research Group has been formed to redress this imbalance, encouraging active research collaboration between centres in different developing countries and between developed and developing countries. The 10/66 group consisted initially of researchers attending a symposium on dementia research in developing countries, held at the 1998 Alzheimer's Disease International conference. They noted a growing interest in this area, with many active researchers and others wishing to start new studies. There was felt to be an urgent need for more research: quantifying prevalence and incidence, exploring regional variations in international collaborations using harmonized methodologies, describing care arrangements for people with dementia, quantifying the impact on caregivers and evaluating the effectiveness of any newly implemented services. Methodological problems need to be addressed, particularly development of culture- and education-fair dementia diagnostic procedures. Good-quality research can generate awareness, pioneer service development and influence policy.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness
  • Dementia* / diagnosis
  • Dementia* / epidemiology
  • Dementia* / therapy
  • Developing Countries*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Global Health*
  • Health Priorities
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • International Cooperation*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Research / organization & administration*