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Patient centred diagnosis of dementia: we must listen to patients’ wishes

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 07 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5524
  1. Mike Devine, consultant in old age psychiatry
  1. Barking and Dagenham Older Adult Mental Health Team and Memory Service, Broad Street Centre, Dagenham RM10 9HU, UK
  1. mike.devine{at}

Berger and colleagues discuss conversations around shared decision making.1 Patient centred diagnosis in old age psychiatry covers not only which investigations to do but also what to conclude from the results. Increased awareness of and treatment options for dementia over the past 15 years have resulted in patients being referred to memory services at an ever earlier …

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