Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia in Australia

Suzanne Dyer, Kate Laver, Constance Pond, Robert Cumming, Craig Whitehead, Maria Crotty

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    Abstract

    Background Dementia is a national health priority in Australia. Most people with dementia are over the age of 65 years, have a number of comorbidities and experience a trajectory of functional decline. General practitioners (GPs) have an important role in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia. The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre's Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia (Guidelines) was recently approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Objective This article describes the recommendations within the Guidelines that are of greatest relevance to GPs, including those addressing diagnosis, living well, managing behavioural and psychological symptoms, supporting carers, and the palliative approach. Discussion The Guidelines synthesise current evidence in dementia care and emphasise: timely diagnosis; encouraging the person with dementia to exercise, eat well and keep doing as much for themselves as possible; supporting and training carers to provide care; and reducing prescription of potentially harmful medications where possible.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)884-889
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume45
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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