Presented by Josie Henley , Cardiff University . This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm availability of places. For further information please contact

I aim to present two separate but related presentations. The first is a narrative literature review of factors contributing to variations in underdiagnosis, which is a practice run for a presentation at the British Sociological Association conference. The second will be the emerging findings of the IDEAL-2 study, gathering perspectives of individuals who met the criteria for a dementia diagnosis in a previous study, but did not have a formal diagnosis at the time of the assessment, and to understand more about the reasons why these individuals were undiagnosed. This presentation will explore how participants cope with cognitive problems and how they conceptualise their cognitive difficulties as well as presenting some potential answers to the question of why people remain undiagnosed even in the face of obvious symptoms.