Public Health England (PHE) has released detailed statistics about the deaths of people recorded with dementia between 2012 and 2014. The proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis increased from 6.6% of all deaths in 2001 to 15.8% of deaths in 2014. This apparent increase has been attributed largely to increasing dementia awareness, resulting in more common diagnosis and recording of the condition. The data comes from the Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) and the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN), and addresses various issues including:
- Changes in the proportion of dementia-related deaths.
- Characteristics of people who die with dementia.
- Where people with dementia die (place of death).
- Causes of death in people with dementia.
Some indications of health inequalities:
- People in deprived areas tend to die with dementia at a younger age than people from affluent areas.
- People with dementia are more likely to die in hospitals and care homes, compared to the general population who are more likely to die in preferred places of death; namely at home, or in end of life care settings / hospices.
Increase in the number of people dying with dementia. [Online]: Public Health England, September 29th 2016.
This relates to:
National Dementia Intelligence Network and National End of Life Care Intelligence Network briefing. London: Public Health England / Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) / National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN), September 2016.
and a more detailed analysis:
Data Analysis Report: Dying with Dementia. London: Public Health England / Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) / National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN), September 2016.
Further resources are available, including a Dying With Dementia Infographic a Dying With Dementia Presentation and detailed Excel file tables of local statistics: Dying With Dementia: Dataset By Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group.