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We are delighted to read the publication of a new dementia risk score for prediction of dementia up to 14 years. We congratulate the authors for incorporating almost all modifiable factors identified by the 2020 Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, management and care. Since the publication of the European Brain Health Guidelines earlier this year, memory clinic professionals in the UK have been desperately looking for a home grown tool. We hope to see an online training for using this clinical tool in the near future.
We congratulate Oxford colleagues for publishing the UK Biobank Dementia Risk Score (UKBDRS) for predicting dementia up to 14 years in individuals aged 50-73 years. For NHS clinicians aspiring to enhance existing memory clinics by adding Brain Health Services, the UKBDRS is an extremely valuable clinical tool. We are in the process of piloting a basic Brain Health clinic in Hertfordshire where we will use UKBDRS for risk assessment and profiling. The authors claim to provide access to an online spreadsheet for risk calculation, but it failed to open. an accessible online link or a mobile app may help busy clinicians use this risk score more effectively.