Letters Screening for pre-dementia

Authors’ reply to Brunet

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6708 (Published 12 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6708
  1. Alistair Burns, national clinical director on dementia, NHS England1
  2. On behalf of 36 colleagues
  1. 1Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9NT, UK
  1. alistair.burns{at}manchester.ac.uk

Brunet questions the validity of the dementia diagnosis rate, which is expressed as a simple percentage.1 2 The numerator is the annual return made as part of the primary care Quality and Outcomes Framework process and the denominator is the estimated number of people with the diagnosis (estimated prevalence). This figure is based on the best evidence of prevalence, which comes from the latest epidemiological information. The Cognitive Function and Ageing Study3 and …

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