[Summary of Dutch College of General Practitioners' (NHG) practice guideline 'Dementia']
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 156, 49, (2012), pp. A5323
Article / Letter to editor
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Primary and Community Care
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectNCEBP 11: Alzheimer Centre; NCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health ONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection
- Dementia is a clinical diagnosis which a general practitioner can either make him/herself or by specific referral.- If no abnormalities are found on further clinical investigations by the GP, the risk of missing a treatable cause of dementia is very small; therefore routine imaging examinations are not necessary.- GPs are not recommended to prescribe cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine. - The implementation of various psycho-social interventions has a positive effect on patients and their home carers and can postpone admission to a nursing home. - Dementia care requires working agreements and collaboration amongst local care providers.
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