The Relationship between Clinic Visit Accompanied by Family and Dementia Severity in Taiwan

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Feb 12;18(4):1792. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041792.


Introduction: This study analyzes the severity of dementia status with clinical dementia rating (CDR) score distribution among patients according to various family functional and sociodemographic issues.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed in a regional hospital in Central Taiwan. The sample consisted of 318 patients who came to the clinic from May 2018 to April 2019, and who were diagnosed by the physicians with CDR scores ≧ 0.5. The Chi-Square test and binary logistic regression analyses were performed for inferential statistical analysis.

Results: The mean age of the sample was 78.7 ± 8.51 years, and 61.6% of the samples' CDR scores were equal or less than 1.0. Patients visiting the clinic were accompanied by spouses (21.7%), sons or daughters-in-law (40.6%), daughters (23.6%). Of the sample, 142 (44.3%) patients live with sons. Patients with a lower educational level had higher CDR scores. Compared to the patients who went to the clinic by themselves, the higher OR values of CDR scores ≧ 2 are found in patients who were accompanied by other relatives (OR = 18.871, 95% C.I. = 3.117-114.237, p = 0.001), or spouse (OR = 10.783, 95% C.I. = 1.996-58.245, p = 0.006).

Conclusion: The family member who accompanied the patient to a clinic visit and the patient's educational level are both significant issues relating to the severity of dementia.

Keywords: CDR scores; Taiwan; dementia; educational level; family support.