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Systematic review finds no benefits to population screening for dementia

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4638
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Screening the population for dementia offers no clinical benefits, a systematic review of the evidence has shown, while potential harms such as the risk of depression, anxiety, stigma or loss of independence remain unexamined in any study the researchers could find.

Carol Brayne, of the Cambridge Institute for Public Health, and the study’s lead author said, “Policy makers should be very cautious about adopting population screening for dementia without any evidence of …

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