Optimising primary care for people with dementia

Chris Fox, Ian Maidment, Esme Moniz-Cook, Jacquie White, Jochen René Thyrian, John Young, Cornelius Katona, Carolyn A. Chew-Graham

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages143-151
Number of pages9
JournalMental Health in Family Medicine
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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Dementia
Primary Health Care
General Practice
Caregivers
Motivation
Quality of Life
Psychology
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • dementia
  • psychosocial
  • primary care
  • medication
  • diagnosis

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Fox, C., Maidment, I., Moniz-Cook, E., White, J., Thyrian, J. R., Young, J., ... Chew-Graham, C. A. (2013). Optimising primary care for people with dementia. Mental Health in Family Medicine, 10(3), 143-151.
Fox, Chris ; Maidment, Ian ; Moniz-Cook, Esme ; White, Jacquie ; Thyrian, Jochen René ; Young, John ; Katona, Cornelius ; Chew-Graham, Carolyn A. / Optimising primary care for people with dementia. In: Mental Health in Family Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 143-151.
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Fox C, Maidment I, Moniz-Cook E, White J, Thyrian JR, Young J et al. Optimising primary care for people with dementia. Mental Health in Family Medicine. 2013 Oct;10(3):143-151.