Improving the diagnosis of dementia in people of working age to identify ways of improving pathway design, and integrating care in acute and community healthcare settings

Theme 2

Ageing and Dementia

Improved diagnostic imaging and biomarker technologies for dementia are not effectively translated into clinical practice. We will implement shared imaging protocols for dementia-related MRI scans, standardise dementia scan reporting, optimise clinical diagnostic algorithms and implement a regional dementia diagnosis Multi Disciplinary Team.

In working age dementia, where symptoms are frequently atypical with a greater range of possible dementia diagnoses, we will survey literature to identify instruments currently used in assessment of Quality of life (QoL) and resource use measurement. We will then undertake individual and focus group interviews to optimise instruments that measure QoL. We will validate across a wider cohort of younger individuals and their carers with dementia where carer-based instruments have been used to measure the impact of dementia in this age-group through monitoring of symptom progression, carer burden and economic impact.
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Dr Helen Roberts

University of Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Young Onset Dementia Assessment Study (YODA)

Dr Chris Kipps