Report calls for more training on dementia

Nurses and social care workers should undergo dementia care training as part of their core training, according to a report on the prevalence and cost of the disease.

Dementia care
Dementia care
The Alzheimer's Society commissioned the report, which claims that poor understanding of dementia and its consequences is leading to under-diagnosis, late diagnosis and inadequate healthcare packages.

The report also calls for stronger targets in the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) with the aim of improving early identification, diagnosis and management of dementia in practices.

Dr Stephen Iliffe, a GP in north London and a member of the NICE dementia guideline group, said that more dementia indicators were likely in the latest review of

the QOF.

Dr Iliffe said these could include blood tests to exclude hypothyroidism or vitamin B12 deficiency, along with cognitive function tests such as the mini-mental state examination.

Practices should also be rewarded for documenting an informant history, shared care, medication use, support for carers and some kind of systematic follow-up for psychological or behavioural changes, he said.

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