GP attitudes to early diagnosis of dementia: evidence of improvement

Hatzidimitriadou, E., Milne, A. and Hamilton-West, K. (2005) GP attitudes to early diagnosis of dementia: evidence of improvement. Aging & Mental Health, 9 (5). pp. 449-455. ISSN 1360-7863.

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Abstract

This paper offers a comparative analysis of GPs attitudes towards early diagnosis of dementia in 1997 and 2001. It draws on data from two studies conducted in the same area using the same research instrument. Overall, findings reveal a significantly greater commitment to early diagnosis at Time 2 than at Time 1. More GPs hold positive attitudes and consider early diagnosis to facilitate a number of practical and therapeutic benefits for users and carers. Further, fewer GPs regard early diagnosis as having negative consequences. Findings also support existing evidence about attitudes being underpinned by drivers and barriers. Those GPs who are committed regard it as an opportunity to offer preventive treatment and plan for the future; barriers include limited treatment options. Primary reasons for the attitudinal shift are greater accessibility of psychiatric colleagues, additional investment in support services, and enhanced policy and clinical emphasis on the value of early diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R0726.5 Medicine and disease in relation to psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0399 Regulation of medical practice. Evaluation and quality control of medical care. Medical audit. Clinical governance
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Prof Eleni Hatzidimitriadou
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 17:18
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 17:18
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13194

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