Doubts about dementia diagnoses

Professor Robert Howard
06 June 2017
In a recent article in The Lancet Psychiatry, Professor Rob Howard, C&I Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London, offers a thought-provoking view on the potential misdiagnosis of dementia.
Professor Howard raises concerns about the current lack of a mechanism for challenging dementia diagnosis in certain cases, particularly in relation to those viewed as “experts by experience” – or dementia ambassadors.
He states that mistakes in diagnosing dementia can be made and that “functional cognitive disorders are a heterogeneous group that can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from early dementia.”

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