Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas
On-line version ISSN 1729-519X
GUERRA HERNANDEZ, Milagros A; LLIBRE GUERRA, Juan Carlos and PERERA MINIET, Elianne. Behavioral and cognitive disorders in patients with dementia. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2009, vol.8, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1729-519X.
The current increase of number of elderly with dementia brigs aside the presence of psychological and behavioral symptoms. With the main to know these symptoms in patients with dementia syndrome, evaluated in the Psichogeriatrics and Cognitive disturbances Consultation of the Carlos J Finlay Hospital, we performed a transversal descriptive study in 68 patients with dementia diagnosis, according to the DSM IV of the American Psychiatric Society, selected by a simple randomized sample, of a universe of 180 patients with dementia, who were evaluated in the consultation in 2006 year. In a 100% of the patients there were these symptoms, in which the Alzheimer’s dementia was predominant and as a symptom the activity disturbance. The activities disturbances sleep disorders and aggressively pointed out in connection with the stage of mental deterioration. We concluded about the need to deepen the studies about this type of symptoms, the factors associated and its knowledge by the Primary Health Care team.
Keywords : Dementia; Psychological and behavioral symptoms.