Against the stream: early diagnosis of dementia, is it so desirable?
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Brayne, C., & Kelly, S. (2019). Against the stream: early diagnosis of dementia, is it so desirable?. BJPsych bulletin, 43 (3), 123-125. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2018.107
‘Of course,’ Many would respond to the question in the title of this paper. The same response would be heard for any chronic disease. Surely It must be better to detect a serious condition as early as possible. Even to question this response could be interpreted as somehow unethical or immoral. It stands to reason that the earlier a health condition is detected the more effective any intervention will be. Such is society’s starting point, endorsed by the successes and widespread promotion of national population screening programmes such as screening for breast, cervical or colon cancer.
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