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GPs test value of adding dementia item to midlife health check

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4552 (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4552
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Public Health England is looking at the feasibility and potential benefits of including a dementia component in the midlife NHS Health Check, in pilot schemes at general practices in four areas of England.

Adults in England aged 40-74 are offered an NHS Health Check every five years to assess their risk of future ill health and to raise awareness of lifestyle changes that can lower that risk. The focus of the midlife check for people aged 40-64 is on the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but the check for people aged 65-74 also contains a dementia component, which aims to increase awareness of dementia risk in this group and …

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