This international report, sponsored and published by Bupa, examines how dementia screening could help to increase diagnosis rates.
The “Dementia Iceberg” report – researching the United Kingdom (England and Wales), Spain, Australia and New Zealand – uses models to predict how many more people would receive a diagnosis if people aged 75 years old were screened routinely. Approximately 8,900 people per year would receive a diagnosis in these four countries as a result of screening. In the UK, screening people aged 75 each year in England and Wales would cost £16 million (less than 0.02% of the NHS budget). Governments worldwide should work to increase dementia diagnosis rates, this rough benchmark suggests.
“In research conducted for Bupa, [PSSRU] estimate that by introducing a cognitive test for all 75 year olds in England and Wales, approximately 3,500 people each year could be diagnosed with dementia at an annual cost of around £16 million. Of these, at least 2,000 people would otherwise never have received a diagnosis and the remaining 1,500 people are diagnosed earlier than they otherwise would have been”.
Dementia and diagnosis: the dementia iceberg. London: BUPA, October 2013.