Early assessment, diagnosis and disclosure
Assessing people for dementia, making a diagnosis of dementia and disclosing the diagnosis falls within the remit of medical and nursing professionals in a variety of settings. Published articles on the topic of assessment, diagnosis and disclosure of dementia on the island of Ireland include a focus on the attitudes of GPs in the primary care setting in comparison to their Swedish counterparts and the role played by public health nurses in detecting suspected cases of dementia. Moving away from the primary care setting, a separate study provided an update on the number of memory clinics in ROI and raised several questions in relation to their role in dementia diagnosis, assessment and disclosure, whilst another drew on data collected at a specialist memory clinic within an intellectual disability service. The growing support for early diagnosis and availability of predictive testing for some forms of dementia provided the context for two studies; one on the preferences of older people for early diagnosis, disclosure and screening for Alzheimer’s disease and the other on the uptake of predictive testing for Huntington disease, a rare form of dementia. New methodologies or measures for identifying people with dementia or in the prodromal stages of dementia were tested in several studies.