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BMC Fam Pract. 2011 Jun 27;12:60. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-12-60.

Diagnosing dementia: no easy job.

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of General Practice, Kapucijnenvoer 33, blok J, B 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Frank.buntinx@med.kuleuven.be

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

From both clinical experience and research we learned that in complex progressive disorders such as dementia, diagnosis includes multiple steps, each with their own clinical and research characteristics.

DISCUSSION:

Diagnosing starts with a trigger phase in which the GP gradually realizes that dementia may be emerging. This is followed by a disease-oriented diagnosis and subsequently a care -oriented diagnosis. In parallel the GP should consider the consequences of this process for the caregiver and the interaction between both. As soon as a comprehensive diagnosis and care plan are available, monitoring follows.

SUMMARY:

We propose to split the diagnostic process into four diagnostic steps, followed by a monitoring phase. We recommend to include these steps when designing studies on screening, diagnosis and monitoring of patients with dementia and their families.

PMID:
21707988
PMCID:
PMC3141512
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2296-12-60
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