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To the Editor: Dr Yaffe and colleagues1 report that both patient and caregiver factors
can predict whether patients with dementia will require placement for long-term
care. There are 2 important nonpatient and noncaregiver determinants that
they fail to comment on, however; first, physicians' ability to diagnose dementia
in early stages and second, ease of access to physicians. In my experience,
both these factors also contribute to early long-term care placement for patients
with dementia and may be amenable to interventions.
Desai AK. Nursing Home Placement and Dementia. JAMA. 2002;288(6):696–697. doi:10.1001/jama.288.6.693
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