According to Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC), provisional figures show 344,000 patients in the U.K. had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-2014. This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012-2013 and from 213,000 in 2006-2007, when the data was first collected.
Quality Outcomes Framework, Recorded Dementia Diagnoses—2013-14, Provisional Statistics, shows the increase in recorded diagnosis has been steady since this data was first collected. The rise may be due to the aging population, an increase in the number of people being diagnosed, improved recording of diagnoses or a combination of factors.
The report also shows:
The provisional 2013-14 data has been produced to assist the monitoring of progress toward objectives, including the Department of Health's ambition of increasing the proportion of people with dementia who have a recorded diagnosis so that they can receive the appropriate care and support.
Kingsley Manning, HSCIC chair, said,"We are all aware of the challenges facing our aging population and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services."