Mental health

How to deliver the diagnosis of dementia

Question 7: For people with dementia, who should be told of the diagnosis and how should the diagnosis be delivered?

  • Population: people with dementia
  • Interventions: for health care professionals to promote disclosure
  • Comparison: care as usual
  • Outcomes: improved quality of care


People with dementia and their family members should be told of the diagnosis subject to their wishes in this regard keeping in mind the cultural sensitivities and after some preparatory work to determine their preferences. If diagnosis is disclosed it should be accompanied with relevant information appropriate to culture and understanding of people with dementia and family members, and with a commitment of ongoing support and care that can be provided by health and other services.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

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