Original ArticlesSociodemographic Characteristics, Cognitive Function, and Health-related Quality of Life of Patients Referred to Memory Assessment Services in EnglandPark, Min Hae PhD*; Smith, Sarah C. PhD*; Neuburger, Jenny PhD*; Chrysanthaki, Theopisti PhD†; Hendriks, A.A. Jolijn PhD*; Black, Nick MD*Author Information *Department of Health Services Research & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London †School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK This research was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme (Using Patient Reported Outcome Measures to Assess Quality of Life in Dementia, 0700071). The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Min Hae Park, PhD, Department of Health Services Research & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH, UK (e-mail: [email protected]). Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders: April–June 2017 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 159-167 doi: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000166 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract National policy in England is to encourage referral of people with suspected dementia to Memory Assessment Services (MAS). However, little is known about the characteristics of new referrals, which limits our capacity to evaluate these services. The objectives were to: describe the characteristics (age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic deprivation, and comorbidity) of referred patients, and examine the relationships between these characteristics and cognitive function (tertiles of Mini-Mental State Examination score) and health-related quality of life (HRQL) (DEMQOL, DEMQOL-Proxy). We used multivariable regression methods to analyze data from 1420 patients from 73 MAS, and their lay carers (n=1020). The mean age of patients was 78 years; 42% had cognitive function equivalent to Mini-Mental State Examination <24. Characteristics associated with lower function were: older age, being female, deprivation, and nonwhite ethnicity. Deprivation and nonwhite ethnicity were also associated with lower self-reported HRQL, as was having multiple comorbidities; older age was associated with better self-reported HRQL. Lower proxy-reported HRQL was associated with being female, deprivation and comorbidities, but not age and ethnicity. A large proportion of study participants had moderate or high cognitive function scores, suggesting that these patients were referred early to MAS. Research is needed to identify why apparent sociodemographic inequalities in use of MAS exist. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.