GP management of dementia: a consumer perspective

Millard, Fiona (2008) GP management of dementia: a consumer perspective. Australian Family Physician, 37 (1-2). pp. 89-92.

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As the population ages, the general practitioner is likely to have an increasingly important role in diagnosing and managing dementia.1 Many people in the community dealing with dementia have little help until a diagnosis is made, and their experiences produce a profile of their met and unmet needs. A nondirected interview technique elicits a wide range of themes from individual life phenomena, with each person attributing their own meaning to events and experiences. Open ended discussion can produce unexpected information that is outside the experience of the researcher but relevant to the people being studied, reflecting the unique nature of each person’s experience with dementia. Patients expect their GP to know about dementia and look to their GP for help with the disease, but these expectations may not always be matched by the doctor’s knowledge about dementia or their perceived role in dementia care.

Item ID: 14127
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: dementia; general practitioners dementia management; dementia diagnosis
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 02:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing @ 67%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 33%
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