The NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines for the assessment and diagnosis of dementia recommend that, in addition to other investigations, cognitive testing be carried out when making a diagnosis of dementia. A neuropsychological assessment is specifically recommended as a means of establishing whether cognitive impairment is present, whether the impairment is caused by dementia, and what the subtype of dementia may be.
The assessment can help differentiate between normal age-associated memory impairment, mild cognitive impairment and dementia. It can also identify other reasons for memory or behavioural problems, such as changes in mood. The assessment can help to distinguish between different types of dementia, which can then inform on-going management of the condition and presenting difficulties. The results of the assessment can also be used to advise on pathways of care, access to services and development of strategies to help manage some of the difficulties experienced.
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