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article imageWould you want to know if you will get dementia? Special

By Tim Sandle     Aug 20, 2014 in Health
If you had an incurable neurological disorder, would you want to know? This global study found that three out of four respondents said “yes”, even if there was no cure.
With 44 million people worldwide suffering from dementia, the new global study has revealed some perspectives on incurable neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s (AD) and Parkinson’s (PD). Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. The study, called ‘Value in Knowing’, was been commissioned by GE Healthcare.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the survey polled 10,000 adults across 10 countries, and explored perspectives on whether people would want to know if they, or a loved one, was suffering from an incurable neurological disorders. The answer here was a majority “yes,” with 73 percent saying they wanted to know. The results also showed that there was a much stronger appetite for information relating to diagnosis of a loved one, particularly among those over 40 and with those with relatives over 65.
The ten countries polled were: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, U.K. and U.S.
Considering the responses from people in the U.S., some of the key findings included:
Eight per cent of U.S. respondents would want to know if they had a neurological disease, even if there was no cure; eighty-seven per cent of U.S. respondents would want to know if a loved one had a neurological disease, even if there was no cure
Of those who wanted to know, eighty-one per cent said they would want to know so that they could start treatment that could help manage symptoms of the disease
Seventy-three per cent would want to know for the opportunity to make lifestyle changes to potentially slow the impact of the disease
Ninety-six per cent of U.S. respondents felt that early diagnosis should be covered by health insurance (e.g. by the government or private organization).
In the U.S. alone, an estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
Commenting on the study with Digital Journal, Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, said: “What these statistics tell us is just how strongly people feel about tackling neurological disorders like dementia.”
Marc Wortman went on to say: “Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have dementia and this number is expected to nearly double in 20 years as the world’s population ages . Although there is no cure yet, a timely diagnosis is useful for people with dementia to get access to current treatment, services and support, both medical and non-medical.”
Thinking about how robust the health system is relation to a rise in dementia, Wortman added: “ Governments and healthcare systems need to ensure ready access to the diagnostic tools already available to accurately diagnose disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, so that people can manage the symptoms as early as possible.”
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