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Specialist services for people with young-onset dementia (YOD) are associated with better postdiagnostic care quality and satisfaction
  1. Jo Booth
  1. Research Centre for Health (ReaCH), Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jo Booth, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK; Jo.Booth{at}

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Commentary on: Stamou V, La Fontaine J, Gage H, et al. Services for people with young onset dementia: the ‘Angela’ project national UK survey of service use and satisfaction. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2020;1–12.

Implications for practice and research

  • Results highlight improved performance on quality indicators of specialist services for people with young- onset dementia (YOD) over generic dementia services and neurology, indicating commissioners should configure future dementia services to include YOD specialist teams.

  • Reasons for reported regional variation in UK service provision is needed in future research to explore potential cultural and geographical influences on care and support pathways for people with YOD and their families and improve knowledge about optimum service delivery.


People with YOD, onset <65 years, experience wide-ranging, specific and distinct needs in relation to their age and life stages,1 which particularly affect processes of diagnosis and ongoing support. Evidence …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.