Journal Article

Early Recognition of and Responses to Dementia: Health Professionals’ Views of Social Services’ Role and Performance

Jill Manthorpe, Steve Iliffe and Alison Eden

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 335-348
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch041
Early Recognition of and Responses to Dementia: Health Professionals’ Views of Social Services’ Role and Performance

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Increasing calls for early diagnosis of dementia look set to impact on social services. This article explores some of the issues, drawing on a series of multi-professional dementia workshops held in the UK. The workshops identified a series of questions that need to be addressed by social services in the areas of the drivers for early assessment, ensuing expectations, problems and advantages in involving social services, and the benefits of early diagnosis for individuals and their families. The article discusses the implications for social services in light of the data and notes a possible move to specialist services, within or without the social services sector. Tensions between current resource shortages and anticipated demands for services are identified. The difficulty of meeting low level needs while services are targeted on those with high levels of need presents a further challenge to service delivery.

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Subjects: Social Work

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