There are many inequalities in dementia prevention, diagnosis and care. Our research aims to identify, explore and address these inequalities
Dementia is a growing concern globally and, although most people with dementia reside in lower and middle income countries, the majority of dementia research is carried out in higher income countries, primarily in people of European origin. Additionally, people from socially deprived backgrounds are at higher risk of dementia, as are people from some minority ethnic groups but they are underrepresented in dementia studies, as are marginalized groups including people experiencing homelessness and from LGBTQ+ communities. This means our understanding of dementia processes, prevention, diagnosis and care may not be applicable to everyone equally.
Researchers in UCL Division of Psychiatry are focused on identifying and addressing inequalities in dementia. We study epidemiology, and the suitability of diagnostic screening tools and post-diagnostic support, including developing and adapting interventions for different cultures and for those such as people experiencing homelessness whose health, housing and care needs are often unmet or overlooked.