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Letters Targets for dementia diagnoses

Author’s reply to Sleath, Coebergh, and Burns and colleagues

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3203
  1. Martin Brunet, general practitioner1
  1. 1Binscombe Medical Centre, Godalming GU7 3PR, UK
  1. martin{at}

Sleath has already experienced the unfortunate tendency for target setting to lead to perverse behaviours.1 2 Surely the recommendation for GPs to diagnose dementia without reference to the memory clinic has come about to satisfy targets rather than out of concern for patients. It is also an example of the disturbing disconnect that often exists between diagnosis and …

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