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Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Dementia subtypes

Dementia is an umbrella term. It describes the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by certain diseases or conditions. There are many different types of dementia although some are far more common than others. They are often named according to the pathology that has caused the dementia. Some of the more common types include: Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto-temporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Korsakoff's syndrome.

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  • Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carersJune 20 2018This NICE guideline covers diagnosing and managing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). It aims to improve care by making recommendations on training staff and helping carers to support people living with dementia.
  • 10 key steps to improving timely diagnosis: A resource pack for Commissioners and General PracticesJanuary 29 2014This resource pack sets out key steps for Commissioners, and key steps for General Practices to improve the diagnosis of dementia, and the diagnosis pathway.
  • Dementia READ codesDecember 5 2012This knowledge summary produced by Dementia Partnerships defines a standard set of READ codes for the diagnosis of dementia to be used by general practices and memory assessment services.
  • Implementing the dementia DESJuly 3 2014Implementing the dementia Directed Enhanced Service (DES) is a quality improvement activity which forms a key part of the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group's dementia 'practice action plan'.
  • Frontotemporal dementiaAugust 6 2013This article published in the British Medical Journal highlights some of the issues pertinent to Frontotemporal dementia, a clinically and pathologically heterogeneous group of non-Alzheimer dementias characterised collectively by relatively selective, progressive atrophy involving the frontal or temporal lobes, or both.
  • Validating the dementia registerJuly 1 2014Validating the dementia register is a quality improvement activity which forms a key part of the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group's dementia 'practice action plan'.
  • Dementia diagnosis resource packJanuary 17 2013This resource pack produced by Dementia Partnerships sets out key steps for Commissioners and General Practices to improve the diagnosis of dementia, and diagnosis pathways.
  • The Sound Doctor: Getting the best out of life with dementiaMarch 23 2015A series of films providing information to families living with dementia through the entertaining medium of TV/Film.
  • Services for younger people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementiasMarch 18 2006This briefing paper jointly published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Alzheimer's Society provides guidance on the services for younger people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Dementia coding clean-up exerciseMay 13 2013This exercise devised by Dr Paul Russell aims to support GPs to identify problems in coding, which are contributing to low rates of dementia diagnosis on practice registers.
  • Services for younger people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementiasMarch 18 2006This policy paper jointly published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Alzheimer's Society provides guidance on the services for younger people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
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