Optimising primary care for people with dementia


This review considers key areas in primary care regarding the diagnosis of dementia. Issues surrounding assessment, policy and incentives are considered. In addition, the relevance of non-medication approaches for dementia in primary care, which aim to enhance or maintain quality of life by maximising psychological and social function in the context of existing disabilities, is deliberated. Finally, key issues about primary care medication management are considered, and relevant therapeutic strategies with recommendation for a collaborative approach that improve outcomes by linking primary and secondary healthcare services - including general practice and pharmacy - with social care needs are weighed up. A key aspect of such a collaborative approach is to support informal carers in optimising medication.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Pharmacy
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia,psychosocial,primary care,medication,diagnosis
Full Text Link: https://www.ncb ... les/PMC3822661/
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2013-10
Authors: Fox, Chris
Maidment, Ian ( 0000-0003-4152-9704)
Moniz-Cook, Esme
White, Jacquie
Thyrian, Jochen René
Young, John
Katona, Cornelius
Chew-Graham, Carolyn A.

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