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The number of people with dementia in England


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The number of people with dementia in England

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s national clinical director for dementia, gives his views on an important new report in The Lancet on the number of people in England with dementia.

Estimating the number of people who have dementia is important for both local planning and national guidance.

The figures are sometimes modified by a Delphi approach whereby expert opinion fine-tunes the results of studies for local information.  Current estimates of the national totals are based on the Alzheimer’s Society figures from their own report which are broadly in line with those of Alzheimer Research UK.