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Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - England, 2017-18

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01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


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 estimated diagnosis rates for those aged 65 and over and regional comparisons on the prescribing of anti-psychotic medication to people with dementia.

Key facts

435,600 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 4 women aged 90 or over have a recorded dementia diagnosis, the highest prevalence for any group.

There has been no significant change in the diagnosis rates for those aged 65 and over.

There are differences in the percentage of people with dementia with a prescription for anti-psychotic medication at a regional level. Midlands and the East of England have consistently had the highest percentage, whilst London has consistently had the lowest.


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Last edited: 28 March 2019 4:51 pm