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Dementia - Screening and Diagnosis of Early Cognitive Impairment
Study Description and Methods
Specific Aims and Objectives
- To determine whether family physicians and their office staff prefer using the Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration test (BOMC) or the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) as an instrument to screen their older patients for early cognitive impairment (ECI);
- To evaluate family physicians’ willingness to implement routine screening of their older patients for ECI in their daily practice;
- To determine whether family physicians are willing to follow-up with patients who test positive on the initial screen (based on results from either BOMC or CDT) by having them return for diagnostic testing; and
- To assess patients’ responses to general screening and willingness of patients who have a positive screen for ECI to return for a subsequent appointment for diagnostic testing using the MCIS test.
James M. Galliher, PhD
AAFP National Research Network
- ways to implement this process without disrupting ordinary practice flow, including alternatives for its implementation that can be shown to work;
- reimbursable to the extent to which it will be worth the effort financially for the practice to implement systematically; and
- (Probably most importantly) effective treatments for ECI and dementia or demonstration of other benefits from early recognition of the problem.