Dementia profile: March 2021 update

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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 is structured around the NHS England well pathway for dementia and provides a snapshot of the prevalence of dementia and care provided to people with dementia, 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.

Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on indicators in the dementia profile that use the dementia monthly Quality Outcomes Framework and Care Quality Commissions datasets. However, indicators that use the annual Quality Outcomes Framework, Hospital Episode Statistics (Admitted Patient Care) and the Office for National Statistics mortality datasets are not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All indicators in the preventing well domain are not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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