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Dementia screening app developed

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A free app to help nurses and other clinicians assess patients with possible dementia will be available later this year, according to its developers.

The popular, paper-based Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III) dementia screening tool has been translated into app form.

The developers of the ACEmobile app said it will allow members of the dementia clinic team to easily carry out assessments with a “high level of accuracy, convenience and automation”. They said it had been developed “by clinicians for clinicians”.

The work is a collaboration between Plymouth Hospitals Trust, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and Neuroscience Research Australia.

Dr Rupert Noad, a clinical psychologist at the Plymouth trust, said: “ACE-III is a great assessment tool, but as with many such tools which are paper-based, it has been open to human error and miscalculation.

“By producing the ACEmobile app we have reduced the risk of such error and miscalculation and created a tool which can be used by the wider dementia care team.”

The app was unveiled in March at the Healthcare Innovation Expo in London and is due to be available to download for free from iTunes and Google Play by June.

 

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