Early Identification of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias


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Abstract

This Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians contains highlights from Recognition and Initial Assessment of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 19, which was developed by a multidisciplinary panel composed of health care professionals and consumer representatives. The Quick Reference Guide focuses on (a) symptoms that suggest the presence of a dementing disorder and (b) steps to follow in conducting an initial assessment for Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, including use of specific mental and functional status tests on the basis of their efficacy and clinical utility in discriminating early-stage dementia. It also addresses how to interpret test results, the role of neuropsychological testing, and resources for patients and families facing a diagnosis of probable dementia.

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