Dementia expert: Routine screening would be disaster

Dr Chris Fox Credit: UEA

An expert in dementia from the University of East Anglia has warned routine screening for the condition in elderly patients would be a disaster.

Dr Chris Fox will tell a conference the stigma and anxiety caused by being diagnosed with dementia before symptoms are apparent outweigh any benefits.

Dr Fox is to speak at the TEDMEDLive healthcare conference in Bristol later today, will say the risk of misdiagnosis is too high.

He'll tell the event: "It is unfair to cause fear and concern when treatments are not available, the chances of the condition actually progressing are not clear, and when symptoms may never take hold in the patient's lifetime."