Clinical guidelines on dementia

Clinical guidelines
Date Published:
28 June 2019
Last updated: 
28 June 2019

This NICE quality standard (QS184) covers prevention of dementia, and assessment, management and health and social care support for people with dementia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality statements
  • Statement 1: People accessing behaviour change interventions and programmes in mid-life are advised that the risk of developing dementia can be reduced by making lifestyle changes. [new 2019]
  • Statement 2: People with suspected dementia are referred to a specialist dementia diagnostic service if reversible causes of cognitive decline have been investigated. [2010, updated 2019]
  • Statement 3: People with dementia are given the opportunity to discuss advance care planning at diagnosis and at each health and social care review. [2010, updated 2019]
  • Statement 4: People with dementia have a single named practitioner to coordinate their care. [2010, updated 2019]
  • Statement 5: People with dementia are supported to choose from a range of activities to promote wellbeing that are tailored to their preferences. [2013, updated 2019]
  • Statement 6: People with dementia have a structured assessment before starting non-pharmacological or pharmacological treatment for distress. [2010, updated 2019]
  • Statement 7: Carers of people with dementia are offered education and skills training. [2010, updated 2019]
In 2019, this quality standard was updated to focus on a small number of priority areas for quality improvement. Statements included in 2010 and 2013 may have been updated [2010 or 2013, updated 2019] or replaced [new 2019]. For more information, see update information.