Dementia statistics

Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection – January 2019 | NHS England, 3 April 2019

The January 2019 data for the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection in England by NHS England were released on 3rd April 2019.  The collection’s purpose is to improve the identification of older patients with dementia and delirium, to monitor appropriate assessment and to prompt appropriate referral and follow up after they leave hospital.

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Official Statistics – Dementia profile: April 2019 data update |Public Health England

The Dementia Profile is designed to improve the availability and accessibility of information on dementia. The data are presented in an interactive tool that allows users to view and analyse them in a user-friendly format.

The profile provides a snapshot of dementia care, broken down by geographical area, to help local government and health services improve dementia care.

A statistical commentary has also been produced which provides a summary of what is new in this release.

Monthly announcement of national dementia diagnosis rate

National dementia diagnosis rates (DDR) for November 2018 have now been published and can be found on the NHS Digital website.

This publication includes the rate of dementia diagnosis. As not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis, this statistic compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over.

This publication is the first to include the count of people with a diagnosis of dementia who have had a medication review in the preceding 12 months.

Key Facts

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Full detail: Recorded Dementia Diagnoses – November 2018

Rise in deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Mortality statistics for England and Wales show that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were the leading cause of death last year, accounting for more than one in eight of all deaths (12.7%) | Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that, with increases in both the size and age of the population, the number of deaths is expected to rise further. A total of 67,641 deaths were attributed to dementia and Alzheimer’s last year, up from 62,948 the previous year. Meanwhile, a better understanding of dementia and improved diagnosis is also likely to have caused increased reporting of dementia on death certificates, it added.

Full detail: Deaths registered in England and Wales (series DR): 2017

Recorded Dementia Diagnoses

Recorded Dementia Diagnoses – July 2018 | NHS Digital

NHS Digital collects and publishes data about people with dementia at each GP practice, so that the NHS (GPs and commissioners) can make informed choices about how to plan their services around their patients needs.

This publication includes the rate of dementia diagnosis. As not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis, this statistic compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over.

Full detail at NHS Digital

 

Dementia profile: August 2018 data update

Public Health England | August 2018 | Dementia profile: August 2018 data update

Public Health England (PHE) has published the latest statistics on the estimated diagnosis rate for dementia broken down by geographical area. 

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The Dementia Profile is designed to improve the availability and accessibility of information on dementia. The data is presented in an interactive tool that allows users to view and analyse it in a user-friendly format. The profile provides a snapshot of dementia care, broken down by geographical area, to help local government and health services improve dementia care.

The profile includes the estimated dementia diagnosis rate, which shows the number of people with a formal diagnosis of dementia as a percentage of those estimated to have the disease. A timely diagnosis helps those living with dementia, their carers and healthcare staff to improve health and care outcomes as outlined within the Prime Minister’s challenge (Source: PHE)

Further details are available from PHE 
The profile can be accessed here 

Dementia Assessment and Referral

Information on the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection for the period April 2017 to March 2018 | NHS England

This data collection reports on the number and proportion of patients aged 75 and over admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours in England who have been identified as potentially having dementia, who are appropriately assessed and who are referred on to specialist services.

March 2018 Data (Quarter 4 2017-18) (released 6th June 2018)

Recorded Dementia Diagnoses March 2018

Number of people diagnosed with Dementia according to GP records up to the 31 March 2018

This publication presents at England level: recorded prevalence and how this compares with research based studies at different ages, and how prevalence differs at different ages depending on comorbidity; CCG level: the rate of emergency hospital admissions for dementia per person recorded with a dementia diagnosis.

Key Facts:

  • Recorded dementia prevalence at 31 March 2018 was 0.765 per cent (1 person in 131). When considered alongside monthly data previously collected, this indicates a decrease in recorded prevalence from March 2017 (0.766) to March 2018 (0.765).
  • The number of people over 65 with dementia was estimated to be 645,507. Of these, 67.5 per cent have a coded dementia diagnosis recorded.
  • 9.3 per cent of patients with a recorded dementia diagnosis were prescribed antipsychotic medication in the 6 weeks to 31 March 2018.

Full document available via NHS Digital