GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement

Milne, A.J. and Hamilton-West, K.E. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2005) GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. Aging and Mental Health, 9 (5). pp. 449-455. ISSN 1360-7863. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper offers a comparative analysis of GPs attitudes towards early diagnosis of dementia in 1997 and 2001. It draws on data from two studies conducted in the same area using the same research instrument. Overall, findings reveal a significantly greater commitment to early diagnosis at Time 2 than at Time 1. More GPs hold positive attitudes and consider early diagnosis to facilitate a number of practical and therapeutic benefits for users and carers. Further, fewer GPs regard early diagnosis as having negative consequences. Findings also support existing evidence about attitudes being underpinned by drivers and barriers. Those GPs who are committed regard it as an opportunity to offer preventive treatment and plan for the future; barriers include limited treatment options. Primary reasons for the attitudinal shift are greater accessibility of psychiatric colleagues, additional investment in support services, and enhanced policy and clinical emphasis on the value of early diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2008 08:56
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 08:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4395 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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