Tag Archives: Screening Tests

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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Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Saliva Test? (NHS Choices / JAD)

Summary Pilot research indicates that a chemical in the saliva can be used to differentiate, with relatively high accuracy, between persons who are currently healthy, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and others with Alzheimer’s Disease. Potentially, salivary biomarkers could … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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Under-Diagnosis of Dementia in the Community: an International Review (BMJ Open / JGCR)

Summary A literature review and meta-analysis of 23 international studies on the under-detection (i.e. the failure to achieve a diagnosis) of dementia identified a pooled rate of undetected dementia assessed to be 61.7%. The rate of under-detection was higher in … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely: A New Review of Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment (BBC News / Academy of Medical Royal Colleges / BMJ)

Summary Continuing the debate concerning avoidable overuse in medical care, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn-up a list of forty treatments which are thought to confer little or no benefit to patients. Full Text Link Reference Doctors name … Continue reading

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Screening For Frailty: as Easy as eFI? (NHS England / Age and Ageing)

Summary The “electronic Frailty Index (eFI)” is discussed, by NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care, as a validated tool which might assist in the proactive identification, diagnosis and management of frailty. Potentially, the … Continue reading

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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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