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Letters Targets for dementia diagnoses

Achieving quality of care in dementia by appropriate and timely diagnosis

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3199
  1. Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia and professor of old age psychiatry1,
  2. Jeremy Hughes, chief executive officer2,
  3. Jill Rasmussen, Royal College of General Practitioners clinical champion dementia3
  1. 1Core Technology Facility, NHS England and University of Manchester, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9NT, UK
  2. 2Alzheimer’s Society, London, UK
  3. 3Dorking, UK
  1. alistair.burns{at}

Brunet thinks that current interest in dementia will lead to harm and overdiagnosis.1 This current awareness is a triumph for a concerted approach from patients, carers, the public, professionals, charities, policy makers, and politicians. There is great dissatisfaction with existing services, especially regarding delays in diagnosis and support immediately after diagnosis and throughout the illness. People involved in dementia practice and policy want to improve this situation so that patients with dementia, families, and carers feel supported at every stage of …

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