Tag Archives: National Screening Committee

The Pros and Cons of Screening (Sense About Science / BMJ / BMC Geriatrics / BBC News / NHS England)

Summary The brief “Making Sense of Screening” guide attempts to inform public expectations about screening programmes. It offers insights into the limitations of what screening programmes are sometimes able to deliver. Common misconceptions about how screening works are addressed, with … Continue reading

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Two Sides of the Dementia Case-Finding Debate (BMJ)

Summary The UK government is introducing incentives for general practitioners to check for dementia in patients aged 75 and older, with the intention that timely diagnosis facilitates earlier support for patients with dementia. Critics of this policy allege that this … Continue reading

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More Musings on Effective Dementia Research and Screening Proposals

Summary The authors of this challenging article suggest that proposals for a premature programme of screening of the elderly population for dementia cases could end in mistakes comparable to the “great prostate mistake” of recent years (a policy since reversed), … Continue reading

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Dementia Case Finding: The Potential Disadvantages of Screening for Dementia (BMJ Rapid Response)

Summary The authors of this list of timely and well-considered caveats concerning the introduction of the “Dementia Case Finding Scheme” express a variety of concerns about some potential unintended consequences. The proposal for the scheme introduces an intention to screen … Continue reading

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UK NSC Policy on Alzheimer’s Disease Screening in Adults (No Change)

Summary This document is unchanged from when it first appeared in 2009. Screening should not be offered. Quote: “This policy was reviewed in June-September 2010 but no significant changes were made. It is due to be considered again in 2013 … Continue reading

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