A day hospital for cognitive disorders: Experience of the first year of activity

Cristina Geroldi, Giovanni B. Frisoni, Orazio Zanetti, Angelo Bianchetti, Marco Trabucchi

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The aims of this study were to (i) describe the typology of patients admitted to the day hospital for cognitive disorders of the Alzheimer's Disease Unit, Brescia, Italy, and (ii) describe the diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions carried out. Data are presented on the first 102 consecutive patients admitted to the day hospital. Seventy-five per cent of patients had not previously received an appropriate diagnostic evaluation. The mean length of stay in the day hospital was 5 days for patients receiving diagnostic evaluation only, 2 weeks for those also receiving treatment for medical disorders or behavioural disturbance, and 1 month for cognitive rehabilitation. Though the effectiveness and usefulness of a day hospital service remains largely undemonstrated in terms of user satisfaction and quality of care, the present study suggests a day hospital may have a role in the diagnosis of cognitive disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-899
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996


  • Cognitive disorders
  • Day hospital
  • Dementia
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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