Screening for Dementia

The Detection and Management of Dementia in General Practice

Program Leader: Professor Dimity Pond

Living with dementia in the community: Assessing the risks

This research aims to adapt the UK risk assessment framework, exploring its applicability to the assessment of physical and psychosocial risks for people with cognitive decline who live in the community in Australia. With input from consumers a briefer, simple version of the framework will be developed as a tool for use in the primary and community care setting throughout Australia.

The outcomes of the tool will be evaluated from the perspectives of people living with Dementia, their carers and a range of professionals who work with them, using a modified participatory action framework.

This research is funded by the Partnership Centre: Dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people.

A structured framework for improving collaboration between practice nurses, GPs and other services in the assessment and management of patients with cognitive impairment presenting in GP

This research aims to train GPs and practice nurses working in general practice in the assessment of people with possible cognitive impairment for cognitive function, activities of daily living, depression and anxiety, and also to assess carers for carer burden.

Nurses will then work with GPs under the care plan to regularly review patients with a diagnosis of dementia and implement a care plan involving assessments and referrals to appropriate agencies, using algorithms derived from the assessment instruments.

This research is funded by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC).

Development and implementation of a consensus guide on dementia in primary care

This research aims to review international GP dementia guidelines and current literature on related topics to identify gaps and shortcomings in the 2003 guidelines which will be updated accordingly.

Across six sites in Australia, a series of forums will be conducted with GPs, primary care nurses and consumers/carers (including the Alzheimer's Australia DSBI), to obtain feedback on how to translate the guidelines into a simple and practicable flow sheet or decision aid.

This research is funded by the Partnership Centre: Dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people.

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