The UK NSC recommendation on Screening for Dementia

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed April 2019
Next review due in 2022/23
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for dementia is not recommended because:

  • there are no screening tests which could find people with dementia before they show symptoms
  • there is no evidence that current treatments for dementia are effective
  • there is concern about how people diagnosed by screening may be affected by dementia related screening

More about Dementia

The term “dementia” is used to describe a range of brain diseases. These cause ongoing decline in thinking skills and the ability to carry out everyday activities such as washing and dressing. Dementia becomes more common as people age and it usually affects people over the age of 65

» Read more about dementia on NHS UK


Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Society
Association of British Neurologists
British Geriatrics Society
The British Psychological Society
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Evidence summary- dementia (2014) (PDF document, 724KB, 09/12/19)

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