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Prediction rule
Risk score developed from routinely collected data by primary healthcare practitioners is useful to rule out dementia in 60–79 year-olds
  1. Jean François Dartigues,
  2. Catherine Helmer
  1. INSERM U 1219, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Jean François Dartigues, University of Bordeaux, 146 rue Léo Saignat, Bordeaux cedex 33076, France; jean-francois.dartigues{at}

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In spite of major repercussions on the life of patients and caregivers, dementia remains a neglected domain in primary care setting. Previous studies have shown that only a third of new dementia cases occurring in the general population were referred to a specialist1 and that too at a severe stage of the disease, 25% of cases were ignored.2 A great proportion of primary care practitioners (PCPs) consider dementia to be an irreversible consequence of brain ageing. However, PCPs are pragmatic, and if a simple predicting score based on …

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