Diagnosis and treatment of dementia in primary care

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Dementia has became a major public health problem as the aged population is rapidly increasing. Dementia is underdiagnosed in primary care and many primary care physicians are hesitate to diagnose dementia. Early detection and starting appropriate treatment has been emphasized in managing dementia patients. The role of primary care physicians in caring for patients with demantia is important to efficiently manage dememtia and related socioeconomic burden since they meet first many patients mostly in initial stage of diseases. Primary care physicians pay attention to early sign and symptoms of dementia and are able to differentiate pathologic condition from normal age related cognitve decline. They should actively performe the screenig test and comprehensive clinical evaluation for suspected dementia patients. After diagnosis of dementia, they have to help thier patients to start and maintain appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and provide supports for dementia patients and their caregivers. To optimal management of dementia, primary care physicians also need to strengthen collaboration with specialists in treatment and lead their patients to utilize social servicies. It is necessary to develop systemized education programs for primary care physicians and standardized giudeline for maniging demenita in parimary care. Primary care physicians need to keep acquring up-to-date knowlege about dementia and to screen and detect dementia in suspected dementia patients. They should provide appropriate treatments for patinets in the collaboration with specialists and infrom their patients available social services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1112
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Memory disorders
  • Primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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