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Dementia Diagnostic Literature Review Launch

Dementia Diagnostic Literature launch group photo Oct 17th

L to R: Ms Anna de Siún, Prof. Alistair Burns, Dr Suzanne Timmons, Dr. Siobhan Kennelly and Dr Diarmuid O’Shea at the launch of “Dementia Diagnostic Service for Ireland: a literature review” in Dublin.

The National Dementia Office was delighted to launch “Dementia Diagnostic Services for Ireland: a literature review” in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin yesterday. Using a scoping review methodology the review looked at diagnostic pathways to dementia care, providing both Irish and international evidence. The review examined three distinct areas:

  • Dementia diagnostic service models (with a key focus on ‘memory clinics’)
  • Diagnosing dementia in primary care settings
  • Dementia diagnosis disclosure.

The report was commissioned by the National Dementia Office (NDO) to inform the work of the Dementia Diagnostic Project Steering Group to support decisions with regard to recommendation or implementation of potential dementia diagnostic services/pathways for Ireland. The report is complementary to an earlier report commissioned by the NDO looking at post-diagnostic supports in dementia, authored by O’Shea et al. in 2018.

The Dementia Diagnostic Project was established by the NDO in October 2017. The project aims to develop a model for dementia diagnostic services in Ireland, creating a service that is integrated in primary, community, secondary and tertiary care services. The aim of the model is to ensure timely and equitable access to assessment and diagnostic services for people with concerns about their cognition.  

The report can be accessed here, or by contacting the National Dementia Office at dementia.office@hse.ie

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