National Guidelines

On this page you will find guidelines for GPs and other specialists on how to manage patients with dementia successfully. There are a number of standard investigations that you should request if your patient screens positive with memory impairment. As guidelines may differ by country, we have made an overview table of international guidelines. For further information please select your country from the list below.


Allegri et al. (2011), Enfermedad de Alzheimer. Guia de practica clínica. Neurología Argentina; 3(2): 120-137.
Updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's Disease released by the Grupo de Trabajo de Neurología de la Conducta y Neurociencias Cognitivas - Sociedad Neurologica Argentina.


Laver et al. (2016). Clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia. The Medical Journal of Australia, 204 (5): 191-193.


Dorner et al. (2011). Besser Leben mit Demenz - Medizinische Leitlinie fuer die integrierte Versorgung Demezerkrankter. Competence Center Integrierte Versorgung, Wien.


Gautier et al. (2012). Recommendations of the 4th Canadian Consensus Conference on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia (CCCDTD4). Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 15(4).


Haute Autorité de Santé (2011). Maladie d’Alzheimer et maladies apparentées: diagnostic et prise en charge.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN) & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie (DGN) (2015). S3-Leitlinie "Demenzen": Langversion.


Foley & Swanwick (2014). Dementia: diagnosis and management in general practice Quick Reference Guide. Irish College of General Practitioners Quality in Practice Committee.


Overview of different regional guidelines can be found at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita's webpage on dementia

New Zealand

Ministry of Health, New Zealand (2013). New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care. Wellington: Ministry of Health


Ministry of Health, Singapore (2013). Ministry of Health Clinical Practice Guidelines: Dementia. ISBN 978-981-07-6186-8.

South Korea

Clinical Research Center for Dementia of South Korea (2011). Clinical practice guideline for dementia. Part I: diagnosis & evaluation. Clinical Research Center for Dementia, Seoul, South Korea; 117 p.


Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Spain (2010). Clinical Practice Guideline on the Comprehensive Care of People with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias. Ministry of Science and Innovation.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2015). Dementia: supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care. CG42.


Cordell et al. (2013). Alzheimer's Association recommendations for operationalizing the detection of cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in a primary care setting. Alzheimers Dement; 9 (2): 141–50.

The Gerontological Society of America Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis (2015). Report and Recommendations. The Gerontological Society of America.

Galvin & Sadowsky (2012). Practical Guidelines for the Recognition and Diagnosis of Dementia. J Am Board Fam Med, 25: 367–382.