QI activities

Improve recognition and diagnosis of dementia

About this activity

Use the QI template below to help you identify priority patients and increase your practice team’s knowledge of recognising and diagnosing dementia.

 Conduct a health assessment for patients aged 75 and over by a target date.
Use Pen CAT4 to identify the proportion of patients 75 and over who had a health assessment in the previous 12 months. Then see by how much this number has increased by the target date.
Improvement ideas
  • Invite clinical staff to complete online training on recognising and diagnosing dementia in the general practice setting.
  • Use Pen CAT4 to identify patients eligible for a 75+ health assessment.
  • Incorporate cognitive function test in all health assessments (consider the validated screening instruments listed on HealthPathways).
  • Create a register of patients with known dementia and those newly diagnosed and use the register to review management.

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