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The Public Health Benefits/Risks of Timely Diagnosis - Exploratory Studies

Dr Melinda Martin-Khan, Prof. Nancy A. Pachana, Dr Geoffrey Mitchell, Dr Maree Farrow, Dr David Lie, Dr Rupert McShane
Research Centre DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
Partner Institution UQ
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This project begins an exploration of the issue of the health consequences that may be associated with a delay between when a patient, and/or family member, formally start asking questions about their cognitive impairment and/or memory loss and when they finally receive a definitive diagnosis (be it dementia or otherwise).

Currently there is international consensus favouring earlier, and more timely, diagnosis of dementia (both Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias).

The opportunity to identify dementia in its early stages and to influence its course and treatment is seen as significantly desirable from a long term population health perspective, and at a personal level.

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