Research and analysis

Dementia: prevalence in groups by protected characteristics

Review of how common dementia is and how much it varies between groups with the protected characteristics.


Prevalence of dementia in population groups by protected characteristics: a systematic review of the literature

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This review builds on previous work by the Department of Health (DH), in 2010 to 2011, as part of the development of the Dementia Equalities Action Plan (DH, 2011).

It examines evidence on how the prevalence of dementia varies with the following characteristics:

  • socio-economic position
  • race or ethnic group
  • religion or belief
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

The review is for commissioners and providers of dementia services, PHE knowledge and intelligence team, researcher funding bodies and researchers and policy makers.

Published 2 October 2015