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Dementia Diagnosis Reports

Today, Alzheimer’s Society have launched a series of reports focusing on dementia diagnosis. [1] 

 The reports look at the reasons behind regional variation of diagnosis rates, the challenges of diagnosing people from ethnic minority communities as well as the difficulties of identifying, assessing and diagnosing dementia in care home and hospital settings.  

 Each report contains a series of recommendations aimed at Integrated Care Systems that will enable people with dementia to access a diagnosis in a timely and equitable way. It also contains best practice examples to support commissioners and services to improve diagnosis.


What are the key findings and recommendations from the reports?

Regional variation: Increasing access to a dementia diagnosis [2]

Our research finds that diagnosis rates are influenced by regional factors and impacted by the processes at each step of the diagnostic pathway.

Ethnic minority communities: Increasing access to a dementia diagnosis   [4]

Our research finds that people from ethnic minority communities experience an inequity of diagnosis, either receiving one late or not at all. Both community and service barriers contribute to this inequity.

Hospitals and care homes: Increasing access to a dementia diagnosis [3]

Our research finds that identifying, assessing and diagnosing dementia in both a hospital and care home setting is challenging.