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Hospitals do not recognise dementia in a third of patients admitted with other conditions

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1810 (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1810
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Hospitals fail to recognise dementia in a third of patients who have already had the condition diagnosed if they are admitted to hospital for a different reason, a UK study has found.

Researchers at University College London reviewed data on 21 387 patients aged over 65 who had been assessed at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust memory clinics from 2008 to 2016. A total of 8246 people had dementia diagnosed and were then admitted to general hospitals 37 329 times after their diagnosis.

The results, published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia,1 showed that 6429 patients (78% (95% confidence interval 77.1% to …

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