Letters Screening for pre-dementia

All people with dementia need accurate assessment and ongoing support

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6108 (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6108
  1. Susan Mary Benbow, consultant psychiatrist1,
  2. Ian Greaves, general practitioner1,
  3. Dave Jolley, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Gnosall Health Centre, Stafford ST20 0GP, UK
  1. s.benbow{at}nhs.net

Le Couteur and colleagues warn that effort and money may be wasted if we lose our focus.1 Activity that might be appropriate for research is sometimes wrongly translated into routine clinical work, where it adds nothing useful, but can cause harm. Memory clinics are said to be of unproved worth, to generate stress as well as expectations, to risk excess …

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