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Table 2 Characteristics of patients with incident dementia (n = 1,848)

From: Impact of geriatric comorbidity and polypharmacy on cholinesterase inhibitors prescribing in dementia

Baseline characteristics  
Mean age, in years (SD) 78.7 (7.4)
Age groups, in years  
   65-74 30.6%
   75-84 47.1%
   85+ 22.3%
Sex  
   Male 52.4%
   Female 47.6%
Area of residence*  
   Urban 72.0%
   Rural 28.0%
Number of prescribed medications  
   Mean (SD) 9.7 (5.7)
   Minimum (Q0, 0th percentile) 0
   First quartile (Q1, 25th percentile) 6
   Second quartile (Q2, median, 50th percentile) 9
   Third quartile (Q3, 75th percentile) 13
   Maximum (Q4, 100th percentile) 51
Level of care dependency  
   None 55.6%
   1 20.7%
   2 18.5%
   3 5.2%
Symptom complexes characterizing geriatric patients  
   Severe visual disturbances and hearing loss 47.7%
   Pain 46.1%
   High risk of complications 35.9%
   Depression and anxiety 32.9%
   Incontinence 24.0%
   Falls risk and dizziness 21.9%
   Neuropathies 17.4%
   Disorders of fluid and electrolyte balance 15.4%
   Pressure ulcer 9.5%
   Frailty 3.9%
   Others (immobility, malnutrition, medication problems, delayed convalescence) 2.7%
Number of symptom complexes characterizing geriatric patients  
   0 8.0%
   1-2 44.8%
   3-4 34.5%
   5+ 12.7%
Contacts to neurologists/psychiatrists  
   0 55.4%
   1-2 9.0%
   3-5 9.8%
   6-9 12.2%
   10+ 13.6%
  1. * missing values for 2 patients for which classification into the urban or rural group was not possible