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Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - England, 2016-17

Official statistics
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Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


NHS Digital collect and publish data about people with dementia so that the NHS (GPs and commissioners) can make informed choices about how to plan their services around their patient's needs. This summary of recorded dementia diagnoses data for 2016-17 includes recorded prevalence and how this compares with research based studies at different ages. It also presents rates of hospital admissions for dementia per 1,000 patients with a dementia diagnosis on their GP record and data on how prevalence differs with learning disability co-morbidities.

Key Facts

In 2016-17:

  • 422,000 people aged 65 and over in England have a recorded dementia diagnosis. This represents 1 in 23 people aged 65+ registered with a GP.
  • 1 in 5 women aged 90 or over have a recorded dementia diagnosis, the highest prevalence for any group.
  • There were 207,797 unique patients aged 65 and over admitted to hospital in an emergency with a diagnosis of dementia (provisional data).
  • Dementia is more common in people with learning disabilities, particularly for individuals with Down syndrome who appear to develop dementia at younger ages. 


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