Tag Archives: Improving Diagnosis

Screening Tools for Dementia and Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals: Validity and Accuracy (PLoS One)

Summary A Swiss systematic review investigated the diagnostic accuracy and validity of various tools for screening dementia and / or cognitive impairment in hospital patients. The aim was to provide up-to-date evidence for the choice of cognitive tests best suited … Continue reading

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Investigating Simplified Approaches to Diagnosis / Screening of Dementia (British Journal of General Practice)

Summary This article reports on research to discover a simplified, quick and easy method of dementia diagnosis, where clinical assessment has already suggested possible dementia. The aim is to reduce the need for specialist referrals and more expensive detailed, time-consuming … Continue reading

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Cognitive Assessment: Differentiating the Three Ds “Dementia, Delirium and Depression” (Nursing Times / University of Stirling DSDC)

Summary Nursing Times Learning has produced a new learning unit to assist in the differential diagnosis between dementia, delirium and depression in older people. The aim is to offer training / continuing professional development which helps ensure patients receive the … Continue reading

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National Screening for Dementia Not Recommended (UK NSC / AHRQ / Annals of Internal Medicine / Epidemiology / International Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has upheld previous recommendations against screening people aged 65 and over for dementia. This decision follows an extensive review of the evidence. The UK NSC has concluded that tests for dementia, which … Continue reading

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Brief Visual Processing Test for Assessment of Cognitive Decline? (BBC News / Current Biology)

Summary Age-related decline in the ability to “take in” lot of information at a glance appears to be associated with people’s cognitive decline more generally, so could (one day, potentially) be a quick and cheap method of assessing mild cognitive … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses on Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms

Some of the following articles may be available freely where indicated (depending on local circumstances). Access to the full-text of the other articles will require a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment. The Bibliographic Citations Rosa, MI. Perucchi, … Continue reading

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Screening to Identify People at Risk of Dementia (JRCPE)

Summary This article in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh presents a balanced account of both sides of the argument with regards to whether screening for dementia might be beneficial, and concerning the recent controversy on … Continue reading

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The Dementia Case-Finding Debate Continues (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary Fewer than half of the estimated 670,000 people with dementia typically receive a formal diagnosis, and the government has the well-intentioned aspiration to increase dementia diagnosis rates in England to two-thirds by 2015. A GP writing in the British … Continue reading

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Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Spinal Fluid? (NHS Choices / Cell Reports)

Summary A recent diagnostic study has investigated the possibility of diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease, years before disease onset, using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The technique for identifying people with Alzheimer’s Disease would be based on detecting very small amounts of abnormal (misfolded) … Continue reading

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Improvement Targets for Dementia Diagnosis and Support (Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)

Summary One of the ambitions specified in the “Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia” (March 2012) was to improve dementia diagnosis rates. NHS England is to invest £90 million to ensure two-thirds of people with dementia receive a timely diagnosis, by … Continue reading

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