Early dementia diagnosis gives patients more options

Posted on 24 March 2015 in Healthcare

The number of patients diagnosed with dementia in the UK has risen by 62% over seven years, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).Clinical commissioning groups are turning to Cantab Mobile, to help screen those with subjective memory complaints, reasurring the worried well and identifying those with clinically relevant memory problems. Doncaster CCG conducted a pilot at 2 GP practices before rolling out to 24 more. Joanne Liversidge Primary Care Liaison Nurse for Dementia at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) spoke to Primary Care Today about the preparing of the business case for using Cantab Mobile across Doncaster. While there is no cure for dementia early assessment of memory loss can help people. Our research shows that GP practices can reduce diagnostic costs by 40%, from a calculated average of £42,210 per cohort of 100 patients who have subjective memory complaints to £25,666 when they routinely use Cantab Mobile.

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Courtesy of Primary Care Today.

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