Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer's Disease

Published in: American Family Physician, v. 65, no. 11, June 1, 2002, p. 2263-2272

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Jeffrey L. Cummings, Janet C. Frank, Debra Cherry, Neal D. Kohatsu, Bryan Kemp, Linda Hewett, Brian Mittman

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Family physicians play a key role in assessing and managing patients with Alzheimer's disease and in linking the families of these patients to supportive services within the community. As part of comprehensive management, the family physician may be responsible for coordinating assessments of patient function, cognition, comorbid medical conditions, disorders of mood and emotion, and caregiver status. Suggestions for easily administered and scored assessment tools are provided, and practical tips are given for supporting primary caregivers, thereby increasing efficiency and quality of care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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