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GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement.

Milne, Alisoun, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Hamilton-West, Kate E. (2004) GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. In: The Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, September 9-11, 2004., Surrey. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:36967)

The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided.

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: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Kate Hamilton-West
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 09:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36967 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milne, Alisoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-8156
Hamilton-West, Kate E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3160-0311
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