Dementia and the population health approach: promise, pitfalls and progress. An Australian perspective

Travers, Catherine, Lie, David and Martin-Khan, Melinda (2015) Dementia and the population health approach: promise, pitfalls and progress. An Australian perspective. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25 1: 60-71. doi:10.1017/S0959259814000203

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Author Travers, Catherine
Lie, David
Martin-Khan, Melinda
Title Dementia and the population health approach: promise, pitfalls and progress. An Australian perspective
Journal name Reviews in Clinical Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9036
0959-2598
Publication date 2015-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1017/S0959259814000203
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 60
End page 71
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2016
Abstract The increasing prevalence of dementia in Australia (and worldwide) over the next few decades poses enormous social, health and economic challenges. In the absence of a cure, strategies to prevent, delay the onset of, or reduce the impact of dementia are required to contain a growing disease burden, and health and care costs. A population health approach has the potential to substantially reduce the impact of dementia. Internationally, many countries have started to adopt population health strategies that incorporate elements of dementia prevention. The authors examine some of the elements of such an approach and barriers to its implementation. International dementia frameworks and strategies were reviewed to identify options utilized for a population health approach to dementia. Internationally and nationally, dementia frameworks are being developed that include population health approaches. Most of the frameworks identified included early diagnosis and intervention, and increasing community awareness as key objectives, while several included promotion of the links between a healthy lifestyle and reduced risk for dementia. A poor evidence base (especially for illness prevention), diagnostic and technical limitations, and policy and implementation issues are significant barriers in maximizing the promise of population health approaches in this area. The review and analysis of the population health approach to dementia will inform national and jurisdictional policy development.
Keyword Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia
Health policy
Health promotion
Public health
Prevention
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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