Elyse Couch

Thesis title:

Mortality and health service use in dementia and MCI- a mixed methods study


There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Dementia is the leading cause of extra deaths in older adults over the age of 70, with the highest mortality estimates found in the first year following diagnosis. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) describes cognitive impairment above normal levels, but does not meet the diagnostic criteria for dementia. MCI has been identified as a risk factor for dementia, and is estimated to affect between 6-12% of older adults over the age of 60. People with MCI also have an increased risk of mortality, compared with cognitively normal adults.The prime minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 has identified dementia as a public health priority and highlighted the need for early diagnosis and intervention in dementia. Elyse’s research has the overall aim of investigating which services are used by people with dementia and people with MCI in the first year of diagnosis and the impact these have on mortality estimates.

First supervisor:

Matthew Prina


2 – Life Course, Psychology, & Health