National Dementia Strategy: Well intentioned - But how well founded and how well directed?

Ian Greaves, David Jolley

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    The National Dementia Strategy was published in February 2009. It was eagerly anticipated and has generated a good deal of sustained media interest, widened awareness, and heightened expectation of better help for people with dementia. The three ambitions of the strategy - to raise awareness, facilitate assessment, and improve services - are unquestionably correct; but the assumptions, emphases, and economic predictions are questionable. Encouraging reliance on referral to secondary care centres, and exaggerated claims for the effectiveness of interventions to achieve clinical improvement and cost savings, may lead to disappointment and frustration. The infrastructure of care and treatment of people throughout the course of dementia will be better informed and delivered by a collaborative model which respects the knowledge and commitment contained within families and primary care. Better services will require substantial redirection of resources. © British Journal of General Practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-198
    Number of pages5
    JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
    Issue number572
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • Dementia
    • Primary health care
    • Public policy
    • Strategy


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