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Risk score ‘could help rule out dementia’

Researchers have developed a risk score that uses information gathered routinely by GPs and could help predict a person’s risk of developing dementia over the next five years.

The team, from University College London, say that the score is accurate at ruling out the likelihood of dementia in ‘low-risk’ patients and could therefore help to reassure people worried about memory problems.

The Dementia Risk Score (DRS) has a high negative predictive value, and can predict that a person aged 60-79 will not develop dementia within five years with 85% accuracy.

But its positive predictive value was less accurate and the score could not identify those that would have a dementia diagnosis within five years, nor could it predict the risk for those aged over 80.

Concluding in the study, researchers said: ‘This risk score can be used to identify higher risk populations for dementia in primary care. The risk score has a high negative predictive value and may be most he

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