Dementia diagnosis rate and prescription of antipsychotic medication to people with dementia

Summary

Data comparing the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over and information on the number of people with dementia prescribed antipsychotic medication in the last 6 weeks

Not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis. The Dementia 65+ estimated diagnosis rate indicator compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over. The target is for at least two thirds of people with dementia to be diagnosed.

Since 2012, the NHS has been seeking to ensure that patients suffering from dementia are given a formal diagnosis so they can receive appropriate care and support. The national target is for two thirds of people with dementia to be formally diagnosed.

The Dementia 65+ estimated diagnosis rate indicator tracks this ambition by comparing the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over.

The indicator is updated every month.

What you can find out

You can see if your local area, region, or the whole of England meets the ambition of two thirds of people with dementia being diagnosed and you can see how the diagnosis rate changes over time. You can also find out how the number of people with dementia who are prescribed antipsychotic medication in your area compares to other parts of England.

What the report can't tell you

You can't tell whether an area is better or worse than another area. If an area has a significantly high or low diagnosis rate or a high or low level of antipsychotic medication prescribing, this is only a smoke alarm for further investigation. .

 

More information

Underlying data and details of calculations and caveats used to create this indicator are available in the Recorded dementia diagnoses section.