G8 Dementia Summit | OECD work on dementia | Publications | Contacts
Dementia is a devastating condition for the people affected, their family and friends, and for health systems. OECD has been working to address this challenge. We work on how health systems need to be adapted to address the dementia challenge; we look at ways to harness information technologies and big data to improve the prevention and treatment of the disease; and we examine the innovation model to mobilise the research and technology needed to address dementia. Through its global reach and ability to bring together government and non-government perspectives, OECD is in a unique position to face up to the challenge.
Find out more about OECD work on dementia in our brochure Addressing Dementia: the OECD Response.
G8 Summit on Dementia
London, 11 December 2013
A G8 Dementia Summit was held in London on 11 December. The main goal of the Summit was to place dementia at the fore of international collaborative efforts. The Summit sought to coordinate international efforts aimed at finding effective solutions to dementia, ranging from the development of new, effective therapies to finding ways to slow the impact of dementia on the people affected, their families, and health systems.
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OECD work on dementia
Different areas of work of OECD focus on issues related to dementia. Some of these activities are jointly run by different OECD divisions.
The impact of dementia on health systems and using data for better dementia care
We are interested in how health systems and caring policies need to adapt to the challenges posed by a growing number of people with dementia. Our work focuses on:
- How to make better use of deep and broad data for improving dementia prevention and care. This joint project between the Health Division and the Information Communication and Consumer Policy Division of OECD is carried out in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the University of Toronto.
A workshop on "Addressing dementia research and care: Can big data help?" will be held in Toronto in September 2014.
- Dementia care policies. The OECD Heath Division has already looked at policy for dementia care and published a working paper in 2004 (No. 13 - Dementia Care in 9 OECD Countries: A Comparative Analysis). We have also published reports on quality in long-term care for older people (A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care) and on the financing and provision of care (Help Wanted Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care) and will continue to review dementia care policies.
- Statistics. Our flagship publication Health at a Glance 2013 (released in November 2013) includes a special chapter on long-term care, including dementia.
Innovation policies for dementia care
OECD looks at how to modernise the innovation model in health so as to reward treatments with significant health benefits in an area like dementia care. Our work focuses on:
Governance challenges related to dementia research and translational research
The OECD looks at ways to integrate emerging ‘omics’ technologies to supporting the discovery and development of new solutions to dementia, especially through the discovery of new biomarkers. Our work focuses on:
Dementia-related publications at the OECD
In the Health Division: Ms. Francesca Colombo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the Information Communication and Consumer Policy Division: Ms. Elettra Ronchi (email@example.com)
In the Science and Technology Policy Division: Ms Jacqueline Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Biotechnology, Innovation and Health