Early Diagnosis Project - Wiltshire 2012-15


Short Title Wiltshire Early Diagnosis Project
Category Diagnosis
Organisation Alzheimer's Support
Contact Name Stephany Bardzil
Contact Email stephanyb@alzheimerwiltshire.org.uk
Web Link http://goo.gl/aw3s7E
Sector Primary Care Research
Region Wiltshire
Postcode BA148AQ
Active Yes

Research into low diagnosis rates in Wiltshire and use of Memory Awareness volunteers to give public talks and one-to-one advice at GP surgeries and other community locations.

Survey of 3 distinct groups: service users/ carers (n=146); older adults with potential for memory impairment (N=84); GPs and other health and social care professionals (n=102)

Outcome

Waiting times a significant barrier to GPs. Service users delaying average of 16 months; 50% thought normal symptoms, others felt nothing could be done.  CCG made dementia priority; waiting times 4 weeks (simple), 13 weeks (complex). Diagnosis rates increased 33-46% during project. 


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