Diagnosis is an important factor for the quality of life of people with dementia. The indicator “Estimated diagnosis rate for people with dementia” (2.6.i) aims to capture the quality of life of people with dementia. It identifies the proportion of the estimated prevalence in the population which has been diagnosed formally.
The intention is to improve diagnosis rates and thereby enable the NHS to improve the quality of life for patients with dementia by providing the right information, health care and support. Diagnosis rates have been increasing steadily over the past six years nationally; currently the level of diagnosis is 48.7% (albeit with wide regional variations) compared to 46% in the previous financial year and 37% in 2007/08.
“The NHS Outcomes Framework indicators form part of the NHS Outcomes Framework, which provides national-level accountability for the outcomes the NHS delivers; [and which] drives transparency, quality improvement and outcome measurement throughout the NHS”.
Other indicators of relevance to elderly care, mortality rates and NHS hospital performance (admission and readmission rates etc.) are featured in this document.
NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators – December 2013 release. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre, December 5th 2013.