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Targets for dementia diagnoses will lead to overdiagnosis

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2224 (Published 01 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2224

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Re: Targets for dementia diagnoses will lead to overdiagnosis

I have read the Personal View of Dr Brunet and all the responses so far (24 April).

Dr Brunet makes complete sense.

Professor Burns, Mr Hughes, Ms Rasmussen leave me with the following thoughts.

1. Prof Burns and colleagues should spend their existing time and existing resources on a) treating, b) caring for those patients who are already known to their organisations.

2. Please do NOT look for hitherto unknown "cases" if you are not able to care for and treat the known patients.

3. If you engage in screening when you are unable to adequately care for and treat the known cases, then your screening is an immoral, unethical activity.

Thank you, Dr Brunet, for trying to awaken a slumbering public.

Competing interests: Aged

24 April 2014
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough