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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2008 Aug-Sep;23(4):313-8. doi: 10.1177/1533317508317061. Epub 2008 May 4.

Standardized note template improves screening of firearm access and driving among veterans with dementia.

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Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. ns3@medicine.wisc.edu

Abstract

Little is known about screening used in clinical practice to assess driving and firearm safety among patients with dementia. A case-controlled study was performed, including 22 patients with dementia seen in a geriatric evaluation and management clinic and 22 matched patients with dementia seen in a memory assessment clinic. Data about prevalence of firearm use and driving were obtained. In geriatric evaluation and management clinic, 57.9% of patients had dementia, compared with 71.0% in memory assessment clinic, and more patients were diagnosed with Alzheimer dementia in memory assessment clinic (P = .005). In geriatric evaluation and management clinic, 65% of patients had driving screening compared with 100% in memory assessment clinic (P = .07). Four percent in geriatric evaluation and management clinic were screened for firearm access versus 100% in memory assessment clinic (P < .001). In memory assessment clinic, 31.8% had firearms access and 50% were driving. Many patients continued to drive and have access to firearms. The use of templates for the progress note was effective in increasing the screening rate.

PMID:
18453646
DOI:
10.1177/1533317508317061
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