Dementia diagnosis challenges GPs
The study was part of a RCT of an educational intervention. GPs in the intervention group participated in semi-structured interviews. There were several common themes expressed by 45 GPs from urban and regional practices.
Although it was essential to make the right diagnosis, the GPs found this was a challenge.
Some patients who worry about their memory failing are cognitively intact, while others with impairment try to conceal it. Often it is the patient’s family who raise the problem. While the family may want to know the diagnosis, the