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Health Agencies Update
June 18, 2003

Dementia Screening

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3080. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3080-a

There is insufficient evidence to determine if screening for dementia in older adults is warranted, according to the latest report from the US Preventive Services Task Force.

The task force found that although some evidence suggests that screening successfully detects dementia, the age and education of the patient can cause misleading results. In addition, with few treatments available, there is no evidence that early detection results in better outcomes. The task force was also concerned about the lack of evidence regarding possible harms from screening, including anxiety, depression, and social stigma.

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