Tag Archives: Screening for Dementia

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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New Blood Test May Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Onset (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature Medicine)

Summary Researchers at Georgetown University in Washington DC claim to have devised a new blood test which promises to be able to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease onset with 90% accuracy. The test is based on the levels of 10 … Continue reading

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Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) for Community Cognitive Screening? (NHS Choices / Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences)

Summary A US study involving 1,047 people over the age of 50 assessed the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test as a potential screening tool for mental decline. It was found that this simple and inexpensive pencil and paper test could … Continue reading

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

Some of the following articles are available freely. The full-text of the other articles may need a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access. The Bibliographic Citations Zhang, J. Zhang, CH. Li, RJ. [et al] (2013). Accuracy … Continue reading

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The Dementia Screening Debate Revisited (British Psychological Society / BMJ / Nursing Standard)

Summary The British Psychological Society (BPS) recently drew attention to the ongoing debate concerning dementia case-finding schemes and policies. “The drive in the UK and US towards early diagnosis of dementia is not backed by evidence of benefit, says a study published … Continue reading

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Dementia Nurse Specialists in Acute Care (University of Southampton / RCN)

Summary This report explores the potential benefits of dementia nursing specialists in supporting people with dementia during admission to hospital and beyond. It explores the business case for developing a dementia specialist nurse role in the UK, with proposals for such nurses … Continue reading

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Famous Faces Test for Identification of Early Dementia (BBC News / NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary A face recognition test could one day be added to mental agility tests when screening for the early signs of dementia. A small study with 30 patients performed at Northwestern University in Chicago, and reported in the Neurology journal,  found that a facial recognition … Continue reading

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Blood Test for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News / Genome Biology)

Summary The degenerative processes causing Alzheimer’s Disease are believed to start often years before clinical symptoms become apparent. Researchers have been investigating ways of detecting the disease earlier. Such tests should help in learning more about how the disease progresses. Tests … 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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