New study highlights importance of early dementia diagnosis

New study highlights importance of early dementia diagnosis

The importance of early diagnosis of dementia has been highlighted by a new scientific study.

According to the UK Medical Research Council, survival rates for people who are diagnosed with dementia by their GP are much lower than those people who are screened for dementia as part of a research study.

The study suggests that this may be due to the fact that diagnosis by a GP will usually be a lot later in the development of the disease, as well as the possibility that the family doctor is diagnosing the patient at a time of crisis.

Reacting to the news, the Alzheimer's Society acting chief executive said that the study is further evidence of the "abysmal" standard of dementia diagnosis in the UK.

"Up to two thirds of people with dementia never receive a diagnosis and as this research implies, many of those who do, only do so in the later stages," she added.

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