App to help GPs diagnose dementia

Cantab Mobile in action.
Cantab Mobile in action.

An iPad-based assessment has been introduced in practices in the Sleaford area to help increase early diagnosis of dementia.

The app, known as Cantab Mobile, can help to detect clinically relevant memory problems, including mild cognitive impairment, in primary care and help doctors identify the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

It offers a highly sensitive memory test, used in clinical research of Alzheimer’s disease for more than 30 years, and a depression screen to determine at the same time if this might be the cause of the memory problems.

The voice-over is available in 20 languages and the assessment is automatically adjusted according to the patient’s age, gender and educational level.

The app has been rolled out across South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) practices.

Chairman of the CCG Dr Vindi Bhandal, said: “Early diagnosis has the potential to change the way society view and approach dementia. The main barriers to access to care is the stigma of dementia and the false belief that memory problems are a normal part of ageing.”