Doctors 'missing early dementia'

Posted on 21 June 2011

Doctors are missing signs of early dementia, a new study has indicated, which is likely to affect some of those paying for care.

In a University of Leicester study, doctors identified just 45 per cent of patients with early dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

However, eight out of ten people with moderate to severe dementia were recognised by the medical professionals.

Furthermore patients with depression or hearing problems were the most at risk of receiving a false positive dementia diagnosis.

Dr Alex Mitchell, of the university, said: "This study highlights for the first time that GPs trying to identify dementia actually make more false positive errors, with misidentifications outnumbering missed cases at least two to one."

In other news, professor June Andrews of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling has said that dementia diagnosis in the UK must be improved.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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