[Role of secondary care too small in Dutch College of General Practitioners' (NHG) practice guideline 'Dementia']
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 156, 49, (2012), pp. A5554
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectDCN PAC - Perception action and control NCEBP 11: Alzheimer Centre
The third revision of the Dutch College of General Practitioners' practice guideline 'Dementia' is a major improvement and stimulates the general practitioner by providing concrete advice on stepped care in dementia diagnostics and organizing care management in order to obtain improvement in the quality and realization of dementia care in the primary care setting. However, this practice guideline does not address more effective and efficient dementia care by collaboration between primary and secondary care as it discourages the prescription of cholinesterase inhibitors and recommends limiting further diagnostic procedures to patients in whom a treatable condition is likely. Although, this new practice guideline strengthens the central role of the general practitioner in Dutch dementia care, this role would be further reinforced if general practitioners were to adopt integrated diagnostics of dementia and relevant additional diseases burden as the starting point.
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