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Improving dementia diagnosis will be “litmus test” of integrated care systems, says think tank

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q872 (Published 18 April 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q872
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Putting GPs in a wider range of locations such as memory clinics and care homes could help improve dementia diagnosis rates, a report by the King’s Fund has concluded.1

The independent report, commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society, said that improving dementia care would be a “litmus test” of the ability of integrated care systems (ICSs) to meet their original purpose of tackling “systemwide challenges that cannot be solved by one organisation, sector or profession alone.”

The report identified pockets of innovative practice but said that work was needed to ensure that this happened consistently throughout England. Strengthening relations between primary care, memory clinics, and other services, introducing new roles for GPs to work in different settings, and placing more emphasis on raising public awareness …

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