• Media type: E-Article
  • Title: A new national survey of centers for cognitive disorders and dementias in Italy
  • Contributor: Bacigalupo, Ilaria; Giaquinto, Francesco; Salvi, Emanuela; Carnevale, Giulia; Vaccaro, Roberta; Matascioli, Fabio; Remoli, Giulia; Vanacore, Nicola; Lorenzini, Patrizia; Arabia, Gennarina; Amorosi, Alessandro; Bacigalupo, Ilaria; Bargagli, Anna Maria; Bartorelli, Luisa; Basso, Cristina; Berardinelli, Manuela; Bernardi, Maria Pompea; Bianchi, Caterina B. N. A; Blandi, Lorenzo; Boschi, Federica; Bruni, Amalia Cecilia; Caci, Alessandra; Caffarra, Paolo; Canevelli, Marco; [...]
  • Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2023
  • Published in: Neurological Sciences
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  • Language: English
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10072-023-06958-8
  • ISSN: 1590-1874; 1590-3478
  • Keywords: Psychiatry and Mental health ; Neurology (clinical) ; Dermatology ; General Medicine
  • Abstract: <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:sec> <jats:title>Introduction</jats:title> <jats:p>A new national survey has been carried out by the Italian Centers for Cognitive Disorders and Dementias (CCDDs). The aim of this new national survey is to provide a comprehensive description of the characteristics, organizational aspects of the CCDDs, and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Methods</jats:title> <jats:p>A list of all national CCDDs was requested from the delegates of each Italian region. The online questionnaire is divided in two main sections: a profile section, containing information on location and accessibility, and a data collection form covering organization, services, treatments, activities, and any service interruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Results</jats:title> <jats:p>In total, 511 out of 534 (96%) facilities completed the profile section, while 450 out of 534 (84%) CCDDs also completed the data collection form. Almost half of the CCDDs (55.1%) operated for 3 or fewer days a week. About one-third of the facilities had at least two professional figures among neurologists, geriatricians and psychiatrists. In 2020, only a third of facilities were open all the time, but in 2021, two-thirds of the facilities were open.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Conclusion</jats:title> <jats:p>This paper provides an update on the current status of CCDDs in Italy, which still shows considerable heterogeneity. The survey revealed a modest improvement in the functioning of CCDDs, although substantial efforts are still required to ensure the diagnosis and care of patients with dementia.</jats:p> </jats:sec>
  • Description: <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:sec>
    <jats:title>Introduction</jats:title>
    <jats:p>A new national survey has been carried out by the Italian Centers for Cognitive Disorders and Dementias (CCDDs). The aim of this new national survey is to provide a comprehensive description of the characteristics, organizational aspects of the CCDDs, and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.</jats:p>
    </jats:sec><jats:sec>
    <jats:title>Methods</jats:title>
    <jats:p>A list of all national CCDDs was requested from the delegates of each Italian region. The online questionnaire is divided in two main sections: a profile section, containing information on location and accessibility, and a data collection form covering organization, services, treatments, activities, and any service interruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.</jats:p>
    </jats:sec><jats:sec>
    <jats:title>Results</jats:title>
    <jats:p>In total, 511 out of 534 (96%) facilities completed the profile section, while 450 out of 534 (84%) CCDDs also completed the data collection form. Almost half of the CCDDs (55.1%) operated for 3 or fewer days a week. About one-third of the facilities had at least two professional figures among neurologists, geriatricians and psychiatrists. In 2020, only a third of facilities were open all the time, but in 2021, two-thirds of the facilities were open.</jats:p>
    </jats:sec><jats:sec>
    <jats:title>Conclusion</jats:title>
    <jats:p>This paper provides an update on the current status of CCDDs in Italy, which still shows considerable heterogeneity. The survey revealed a modest improvement in the functioning of CCDDs, although substantial efforts are still required to ensure the diagnosis and care of patients with dementia.</jats:p>
    </jats:sec>
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