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Table 4 Sources and types of dementia diagnoses in ambulatory care in the incidence year (n = 1848)

From: Specialist involvement and referral patterns in ambulatory medical care for patients with dementia in Germany: results of a claims data based case-control study

  Source of dementia diagnosis
Type of diagnosis All (%) PCP only NP only PCP + NP Other discipline only* Several other disciplines*
Alzheimer dementia 143 (7.7) 88 (7.9) 26 (16.5) 18 (6.1) 4 (7.1) 9 (4.2)
Vascular dementia 257 (13.9) 202 (18.1) 35 (22.2) 13 (4.4) 5 (8.9) 2 (0.9)
Specific dementia 15 (0.8) 8 (0.7) 3 (1.9) 1 (0.3) 3 (5.4) 0 (0.0)
Unspecified dementia 927 (50.2) 689 (61.7) 73 (46.2) 65 (22.0) 41 (73.2) 59 (27.3)
Mixed diagnoses 506 (27.4) 129 (11.6) 21 (13.3) 207 (69.9) 3 (5.4) 147 (68.1)
All 1848 (100) 1116 (100) 158 (100) 296 (100) 56 (100) 216 (100)
  1. PCP = primary care physician, NP = neuropsychiatrist * except PCP and/or NP
  2. Reading example: among all diagnoses 7.7% were classified as Alzheimer's disease and 13.9% as vascular. Among those who received their diagnosis from the PCP only, 7.9% were classified as Alzheimer's disease.