Alzheimer's Disease U.K. diagnosed by region in each of the last five years. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each region of the UK were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, by region in each of the last five years. 
Norman Lamb: The number of people recorded on practice disease registers is available in the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The number of diagnoses are not available but the number of people on the dementia register are available. This is a measure of prevalence rather than incidence.
QOF does not have any information specifically on Alzheimer’s disease and the HSCIC only has information for England.
The numbers on the dementia register in the last five years are given in the following tables. Information for 2008-09 to 2011-12 (table 1) is presented at strategic health authority level and for 2012-13, under the new NHS structure, at commissioning region level (table 2).
QOF registers are constructed to underpin indicators on quality of care, and they do not necessarily equate to prevalence as may be defined by epidemiologists. For example, prevalence figures based on QOF registers may differ from prevalence figures from other sources because of coding or definitional issues. It is difficult to interpret year-on-year changes in the size of QOF registers, for example, a gradual rise in patients on a QOF register could be due partly to epidemiological factors (such as an ageing population) or due partly to increased case finding.
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