This Department of Health report reviews current practice and knowledge about dementia care, support and research in England. It highlights where improvements are thought to be needed, including ongoing priorities such as reducing the prescription of antipsychotic medication to people with dementia.
The scale of the challenge posed by dementia is summarised. This report also offers an overview of progress on: prevention; diagnosis; living well with dementia; dementia awareness, education and training; the development of dementia friendly communities; and dementia-related research.
“This report sets out what is known about dementia care, support and research. It highlights where improvements are being made and where progress can be seen – it also shows where improvements are needed, including where better data is necessary”.
Read more: Dementia care and support. Department of Health.
Dementia care and support: review of quality and extent of dementia care. London: Department of Health, November 29th 2013.
Dementia: a state of the nation report on dementia care and support in England. London: Department of Health, November 29th 2013.
Online Interactive Map
There is also an interactive map, “Putting Dementia on the Map”, presenting data about dementia care by local areas across the country. It has three sections:
- In the Community: covering diagnosis rates and memory clinics.
- At Hospital: covering dementia-friendliness of hospitals and other performance statistics.
- The Future of Care: covering epidemiological statistics, progress towards dementia-friendly communities, and the involvement of patients in research.