4 April 2009

Alzheimer’s early detection

Best practices identified for early Alzheimer’s detection
Medical College of Wisconsin: 1 April 2009
Diagnosing mild-to-moderate dementia cases can be difficult. Indeed, more than half of such cases are not recognized by physicians, according to a recent review of the literature at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In fact, family members and caregivers, in addition to many physicians, often overlook a decline in cognitive function as well.

To improve prompt diagnosis, Diana Kerwin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and geriatrics, offers the following recommendations published in a recent issue of The Journal of Family Practice:
  • Avoid age bias when determining the need for cognitive screening
  • Screen the vulnerable elderly, or individuals 65 years of age and older who are at high risk of death or functional decline, at the initial visit and annually after
  • Test all patients undergoing cognitive screening for depression as well … > full story

Related article:

How to prevent a delayed Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Journal of Family Practice, 2009, 58(1): 9-15

Screening tools listed in article:

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