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Mortality burden of dementia may be greater than estimated

Key clinical point: The mortality burden of dementia may be 2.7 times greater than previously reported.

Major finding: Although 13.6% of deaths were attributable to dementia, 5.0% of death certificates listed dementia as an underlying cause.

Study details: A prospective cohort study of 7,342 adults aged 70 years or older.

Disclosures: A grant from the National Institute on Aging supported the study. Dr. Stokes received grants from Ethicon that were not related to this study.


Stokes AC et al. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Aug 24. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.2831.