Continuity of care for people with dementia is linked to significant clinical benefits

BJGP Interviews

08-02-2022 • 12 mins

In this episode we talk to Dr Joāo Delgado who is a lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health, College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter. Paper: Continuity of general practitioner care for patients with dementia: impact on prescribing and the health of patients https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2021.0413 (https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2021.0413) Evidence is limited about the potential positive effects of higher continuity of general practice care (CGPC) in patients with dementia. There is no cure for dementia, so finding elements of care that make a difference to patients remains a priority. Patients with dementia in the highest CGPC quartile were 34.8% less likely to develop delirium, 57.9% less likely to develop incontinence, and 9.7% less likely to have an emergency admission to hospital, compared with the lowest quartile. Higher continuity of care was also associated with lower medication burden and fewer potential inappropriate prescriptions.