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Recorded dementia diagnoses, December 2017

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Snapshot on 31 Dec 2017


Recorded dementia diagnoses, December 2017.

We collect and publish 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.

Key Facts

Recorded dementia prevalence at 31 December 2017 was 0.778 per cent (1 person in 129).

When considered alongside monthly data previously collected, this indicates a progressive increase in recorded prevalence from December 2016 (0.772) to December 2017 (0.778).

The number of people over 65 with dementia was estimated to be 647,013. Of these, 68.3 per cent have a coded dementia diagnosis recorded.

9.4 per cent of patients with a recorded dementia diagnosis were prescribed antipsychotic medication in the 6 weeks to 31 December 2017.

The total number of open and active GP practices was 7,254 practices.

Of the open practices, data for 7,166 practices were collected, representing 98.8 per cent coverage of open and active practices.

73.6 per cent of patients on the dementia registers had their ethnicity recorded as either 'Not stated' or 'No ethnicity code'.


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