Educating primary care physicians in the management of Alzheimer's disease: Using practice guidelines to set quality benchmarks

Debra L. Cherry, Carol Hahn, Barbara G. Vickrey

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Abstract

This paper presents a strategy for training primary care physicians in the identification, diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The strategy uses evidence-based practice guidelines to establish quality benchmarks and then provides training and other interventions to improve the quality of care received by these patients. The three projects described in this paper assumed that training of primary care physicians alone would not be sufficient to achieve the quality benchmarks derived from guidelines. The projects used creative training strategies supplemented by provider tool kits, provider checklists, educational detailing, and endorsement from organizational leadership to reinforce what the primary care providers learned in educational sessions. Each project also implemented a system of dementia care management to wrap around traditional primary care to ensure that quality benchmarks would be achieved. Outcomes of two completed studies support the premise that it is possible to improve quality of dementia care through physician education that occurs in association with a coordinated system of dementia care management and in collaboration with community agencies to access guideline-recommended social services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S44-S52
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume21
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Care management
  • Dementia
  • Medical care
  • Training

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