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184762 - Identifying patients with dementia

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There is much more to dementia than memory loss. The term dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and interferes with the person’s normal social or working life.

This activity will focus on identifying and appropriately investigating the signs of early dementia, evaluating the differential diagnoses for patients with declining cognitive function, communicating a diagnosis of dementia and providing education on risk reduction by lifestyle modification.

This activity has been developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with expert input from Dementia Training Australia (DTA) and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. This activity has been supported by Dementia Australia and funded by the Australian Government Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grant.

Relevance to General Practice

Dementia is currently the second leading cause of death of Australians and it is predicted that by 2025 the total cost of dementia will increase to $18.7 billion. General Practitioners (GPs) are usually the first contact when concerns about thinking or memory arise. GPs play a crucial role in identifying individuals at risk of dementia and in risk reduction by lifestyle modification. Overcoming the barriers to timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia in primary care is essential.

Learning outcomes
  • outline important differential diagnoses for patients with declining cognitive function
  • identify, appropriately investigate and communicate the diagnosis of early dementia
  • provide education on risk reduction by lifestyle modification
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Care of older people
    • Residential care
    • Psychological health
    Partnering organisations

    Dementia Australia, University of Tasmania, and Australian Government Aged Care Service Improvement and Heathy Ageing Grant.

    Activity sponsor

    Dementia Training Australia (DTA) and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

    Delivery
    Title
    184762 - Identifying patients with dementia
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hr
    Start Date
    01-Jan-2020
    End Date
    31-Dec-2022
    CPD Points
    2 cpd
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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