KORSAKOV - The functional status and quality of life of patients with Korsakoff syndrome living in long term care facilities. (WC2014-010)

KORSAKOV - The functional status and quality of life of patients with Korsakoff syndrome living in long term care facilities.

Background

Starting date: 01/05/2014

Subtitle: “Nothing’s wrong with me”

Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic neuropsychiatric condition, characterized by a severe memory disorder resulting from acute Wernicke encephalopathy mostly secondary to chronic alcohol abuse and concomitant thiamine deficiency. In The Netherlands there are specialized long-term care facilities for patients with Korsakoff syndrome. These patients suffer from concomitant somatic and psychiatric diseases and show challenging behavioral symptoms like lack of awareness of functional deficits, aggression, and apathy. These symptoms may lead to prescription of psychotropic drugs and put a heavy strain on caregivers. However, institutionalized patients with Korsakoff syndrome have not been studied separately and extensively before and limited literature is available on the long-term care and course of this group of patients.