Preparing for treatments

In collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists we asked UK Psychiatrists how services would need to adapt to deliver future disease modifying treatments

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Source: Are we ready to deliver disease modifying treatments? ARUK report 2021

Source: Hodge, S et al (2015). Second English National Memory Clinic Audit Report conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists funded by the Department of Health

Source: Etkind, S.N. et al (2017) How many people will need palliative care in 2040? Past trends, future projections and implications for services BMC Medicine 2017 15:102

Source: Lakey, L (2009) Counting the cost: Caring for people with dementia on hospital wards published by the Alzheimer’s Society

Source: Dowrick, A. Southern, A (2014) Dementia 2014: Opportunity for change by the Alzheimer’s Society

Current treatments

There are currently four drugs used to help people living with dementia, however, these are only able to treat the symptoms of dementia not cure or slow the disease causing it.

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Source: England: Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community 2006 – 2016; NHS Digital Wales: Prescriptions dispensed in the community [NS] Welsh Government website [Scotland: Prescribing and Medicines; Medicines for Mental Health by the Information Services Division Northern Ireland; Pharmaceutical Statistics by the Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation