Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Perspective from Christian Camargo, MD
July 30, 2019
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Educational interventions help clinicians improve care of patients with cognitive decline, dementia

Perspective from Christian Camargo, MD
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Educational interventions provided several ways for clinicians to enhance the care they provide to their patients with cognitive decline and dementia, according to the results of systematic review presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Xin Xu, PhD, at the National University of Singapore, reviewed 13 studies consisting of 65 general practices and 2,389 patients.

She found moderate evidence that: postgraduate students who engaged in a traditional learning intervention had higher mean knowledge scores of cognitive impairment and dementia compared with those who only had a consultation; eLearning interventions increased the number of patients diagnosed with dementia vs. no intervention; and a blended learning intervention increased referral rates of patients with dementia or cognitive impairment.

Other studies concluded: traditional learning intervention increased the number of cases of dementia vs. no intervention and blended learning interventions increased the number of cognitive assessments and dementia diagnoses as well as clinicians' attitude toward dementia screening. – by Janel Miller

Reference: Xu X. Educational interventions for improving clinicians' clinical competencies to detect, diagnose, and manage people with cognitive impairment and dementia. Presented at: Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. July 14-18, 2019; Los Angeles.

Disclosure: Healio Primary Care was unable to determine Xu’s relevant financial disclosures prior to publication.