NHS Digital recently published the data on dementia diagnoses across England for 2018-2019. The 'Recorded Dementia Diagnoses, England, 2018-19' report includes data on national and regional diagnosis rates, variation in diagnosis rates over time and rates of drug prescription and medication review.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- The overall national estimated dementia diagnosis rate for individuals aged ≥65 years has remained stable over the past 12 months.
- Although there was no statistically significant increase in national dementia diagnosis rate for individuals aged ≥65 years in the past year, it has consistently exceeded the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 which aims to diagnose at least two-thirds of individuals with dementia.
- There was no statistically significant variation in the regional estimated dementia diagnosis rates for individuals aged ≥65 years in the past year.
- Among individuals with a coded diagnosis of dementia, there was a significant regional variation in the prescribing of antipsychotic medication in the past six weeks. Midlands and East of England region recorded the highest rate of antipsychotic prescriptions, while London recorded the lowest.
- The number of individuals with a coded diagnosis of dementia who received a medication review in the preceding 12 months increased from 18 per cent in September 2018 to 23.7 per cent in March 2019.