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Table 1 Demographic and medical data about the patients

From: Custodian for elderly with memory impairment in Sweden – a study of 260 physicians’ statements to the court

Demographic and medical data N %
  Median Age years Range years   100%
All 84 51-105 260  
Women 85 51-105 173 67%
Men 79 60-100 87 33%
Living alone in a private home 107 41%
Living with a spouse or a child 13 5%
Living in a nursing home 68 26%
Homeless 1  
No information about actual living condition 71 27%
The cause for the need of a custodian as ticked by the doctor
Disease 231 89%
Weakened health 70 27%
Mental disorder 25 10%
Similar conditions 14 5%
Diagnosis according to the narrative text
Dementia 149 57%
Unspecific cognitive impairment or memory problems 98 38%
Stroke 31 12%
Other memory-related diagnosis 14 5%
Duration of memory impairment
no information about duration 146 56%
at least three years 50 19%
Between one and three years 42 16%
less than a year 22 8%
Additional diagnoses mentioned 181 71%
Additional diagnoses actively denied 4 1.5%