Alzheimer's Centers in US Hospitals: Enough to Adequately Address Dementia Care Nationwide?

Ángela Gutiérrez, Cory E Cronin, Berkeley Franz, Graciela Muniz-Terrera

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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the availability of Alzheimer's Centers (ACs) in US hospitals.

METHODS: Utilizing the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, Area Health Resource File, and US Census ( n = 3251), we employed multivariable logistic regression to examine hospital, county, and regional predictors of AC availability.

RESULTS: Large hospitals (>399 beds) had approximately 14 times higher odds of having an AC than small hospitals (<50 beds; OR = 14.0; 95% CI = 6.44 - 30.46). Counties with a higher proportion of Latino residents, relative to non-Latino Whites, had lower odds of having an AC (OR = .05; 95% CI = .01 - .41). Northeastern (OR = 1.92; 95% CI = 1.15 - 3.22) and Midwestern (OR = 2.12; 95% CI = 1.34 - 3.37) hospitals had higher odds of having an AC than Southern hospitals.

DISCUSSION: To address dementia needs and disparities, investment in a national infrastructure is critical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8982643231200691
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Early online date12 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Sept 2023

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