Diagnosing dementia in general practice

Being told “You have dementia” is one of the most devastating diagnoses a patient can receive.

With the number of dementia cases set to rise to 400,000 in Australia by 2020,1 it’s a diagnosis GPs will increasingly need the skills to impart.

Professor Henry Brodaty, from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of NSW, says the challenges of telling a patient they have the disease is one of the barriers to diagnosing the condition in general