QOF recorded dementia diagnoses - May 2015

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published quality and outcomes framework (QOF) recorded dementia diagnoses data for May 2015.
Source: NHS Networks - Category: UK Health Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Clinical Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: J Clin Neurol Source Type: research
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