Letters Crisis in dementia care

The benefits of early diagnosis of dementia

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3556 (Published 22 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3556
  1. Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia1
  1. 1Department of Health, Wellington House, London SE1 8UG, UK
  1. alistair.burns{at}manchester.ac.uk

Sharvill questions the benefits of early diagnosis of dementia.1 It is wrong to suggest that people with dementia are different from those with “serious disease,” and that others who are “more needy” should take priority. An early and timely diagnosis is important because it gives people …

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