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Project to increase diagnosis rates

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Pilot projects which aim to increase dementia diagnosis rates in two counties are now under way.

The schemes, in Dorset and Warwickshire, are part of the Alzheimer's Society Early Diagnosis campaign.

The charity says that despite the growing national interest in Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, diagnosis rates remain "shockingly low", at about 43%.

The lack of a diagnosis or mis-diagnosis means people are unable to access support, information and potential treatments which can help them to live well.

A spokesman for the Alzheimer's Society said: "We believe that diagnosis rates will increase at greater speed if targeted awareness raising is carried out at a local level, among both the public and health professionals.

"We will also engage key local stakeholders in the issue of diagnosis, to ensure lasting changes that will make it easier to diagnose dementia earlier."

Pilot projects will run until March. The charity will run a public awareness raising, using materials from its Worried About Your memory? campaign, engage with health professionals and key stakeholders, plus target local media and carry out marketing.

Evaluation of both projects will create a framework for future local awareness raising, and will provide evidence for the development of Alzheimer's Society's Early Diagnosis campaign.

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