Diagnosis of dementia in the elderly with PTSD

Some of the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remind of the symptoms of early development of dementia. This can make it difficult with an assessment tool to clearly see if a person diagnosed with PTSD has started to develop dementia.

Question

Is there scientific evidence for any assessment tool that can identify development of dementia in the elderly with PTSD?

SBU Enquiry Service consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.

Published: 1/31/2018
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Literature search

Project group

Nathalie Peira and Sally Saad at SBU.

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