Dementia assessment services: What are the perceptions of older people?

Dementia assessment services: What are the perceptions of older people? Policy Impact: Person‐centred practice in dementia diagnosis requires acknowledging potential diversity in views towards optimal settings for dementia assessment services. Older people with dementia and their family caregivers showed considerable diversity in their views; confidentiality was central for some yet settings which allow for peer‐to‐peer support were also seen as important.Practice Impact: General practitioners play a key role in supporting patients and family carers with accessing support and information both pre‐ and post‐diagnosis. Both they and specialist geriatricians need to work in a way or timeframe which provides clarity and comfort to the person with dementia and their family members.IntroductionGlobally, there is a push for early diagnosis of dementia . For people with dementia and family carers to cope, access support and attend to Advance Care Directives, it is vital that an accurate diagnosis is made as early as possible. A timely diagnosis can maximise the opportunity for quality of life for the person with dementia and their families by enabling prompt access to appropriate medications, clinical care pathways and services . An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into early diagnosis and intervention in dementia nationally concluded that current care pathways from dementia diagnosis to post‐diagnosis care and support are typically http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australasian Journal on Ageing Wiley

Dementia assessment services: What are the perceptions of older people?

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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Copyright © 2018 AJA Inc.
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1440-6381
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1741-6612
D.O.I.
10.1111/ajag.12455
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Abstract

Policy Impact: Person‐centred practice in dementia diagnosis requires acknowledging potential diversity in views towards optimal settings for dementia assessment services. Older people with dementia and their family caregivers showed considerable diversity in their views; confidentiality was central for some yet settings which allow for peer‐to‐peer support were also seen as important.Practice Impact: General practitioners play a key role in supporting patients and family carers with accessing support and information both pre‐ and post‐diagnosis. Both they and specialist geriatricians need to work in a way or timeframe which provides clarity and comfort to the person with dementia and their family members.IntroductionGlobally, there is a push for early diagnosis of dementia . For people with dementia and family carers to cope, access support and attend to Advance Care Directives, it is vital that an accurate diagnosis is made as early as possible. A timely diagnosis can maximise the opportunity for quality of life for the person with dementia and their families by enabling prompt access to appropriate medications, clinical care pathways and services . An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into early diagnosis and intervention in dementia nationally concluded that current care pathways from dementia diagnosis to post‐diagnosis care and support are typically

Journal

Australasian Journal on AgeingWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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