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

Travers, Catherine, Lie, David, & Martin-Khan, Melinda (2015) Dementia and the population health approach: Promise, pitfalls and progress. An Australian perspective. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(01), pp. 60-71.

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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.

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ID Code: 86662
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, public health, prevention, health promotion, health policy, dementia
DOI: 10.1017/S0959259814000203
ISSN: 1469-9036
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2015 03:24
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 22:49

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