Mental health

Diagnosis of dementia



Non-specialist health care providers should seek to identify possible cases of dementia in the primary health care setting and in the community after appropriate training and awareness raising. Brief informant assessment and cognitive tests should be used to assist in confirming these cases. For a formal dementia diagnosis, a more detailed history, medical review and mental state examination should be carried out to exclude other common causes of cognitive impairment and decline. Training should be provided to non-specialist health care providers to diagnose dementia at first or second level health care.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of the evidence: MODERATE