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2006 Grant - Galvin
Factors Predicting Physicians' Intention to Evaluate Patients for Dementia
James E. Galvin, M.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
2006 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Many recent studies have focused on understanding risk factors for dementia and developing tools to identify the earliest stages of memory and thinking impairment. Little is known, however, about the factors that may directly or indirectly influence healthcare providers to assess memory and other cognitive skills in their patients.
James E. Galvin, Ph.D., and colleagues have previously explored the psychosocial factors that predict the intention of community-dwelling older adults to seek medical attention for cognitive disorders. Under the current grant, the research team plans to explore factors that may explain why a primary care physician may or may not evaluate patients for dementia.
They will use surveys to assess physicians' knowledge of dementia, understanding of the benefits and limitations of current therapies, and the accessibility of consulting specialists. They will also examine physicians' awareness of current practices in diagnosis and awareness of current progress in dementia research, treatment and care.
The outcome of this study, along with findings from the previous study of community-dwelling adults, may provide a foundation for the development of screening tools to help physicians and patients make better informed choices about pursuing full diagnostic workups of cognitive symptoms.