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Encouraging patients to see GP doesn’t increase early dementia diagnoses

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1300 (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1300
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Sending patients information about seeking advice for potential memory problems increased GP consultations but did not change GP referrals to memory services or lead to earlier diagnosis of dementia, a randomised trial in general practice has shown.

Many people with dementia are diagnosed late in the illness, reducing their capacity to plan for the future or receive symptomatic treatment. Researchers investigated whether sending older people a personal letter from their GP with …

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