Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

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Now in its Second Edition, this practical guide focuses on assessment, diagnosis, and management of the complex array of dementia disorders seen in older patients. Using the conversational style and clinical vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Agronin addresses all the subtypes of dementia and associated psychiatric conditions such as agitation, psychosis, and depression. This edition features a new chapter on mild cognitive impairment and expanded coverage of Alzheimer disease and risk factors.

Chapters offer advice on caregiver support and legal and ethical concerns. Handy pocket-card appendices include tests used in the dementia workup and treatment guides for agitation, psychosis, and depression.

The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this excellent concise guide to the assessment and management of patients suffering from dementia. Edited and written by a clinician-educator in the field, this book remains an excellent resource for geriatric psychiatrists.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the practicing clinician "a practical guide that can be brought into the clinic when one is evaluating and treating patients." The author produces a very useful and concise update.
Audience: The targeted audience includes geriatric psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, cognitive neurologists, geriatricians, trainees in geriatric psychiatry, and primary care physicians.
Features: The book covers dementia assessment, dementia subtypes, psychiatric complications of dementia and their treatments, and caregiver and legal/ethical issues. The appendixes contain guides and scales for the dementia evaluation, assessment and treatment of psychiatric complications, and OBRA guidelines.
Assessment: This concise and useful resource for the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia will keep the busy clinician up to date in this rapidly advancing field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781767705
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Practical Guides in Psychiatry Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 847,649
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Dementia Defined
The Dementia Interview
The Dementia Workup I: History
The Dementia Workup II: Physical, Neurological, and Mental Status Examination
The Dementia Workup III: Medical, Psychiatric, and Neuropsychological Tests

Mild Cognitive Impairment
Alzheimer Disease: Definition and Diagnosis
Treatment of Alzheimer Disease
Vascular Dementia
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Frontotemporal Dementia
Dementia Associated with Medical Conditions

Assessment of Agitation and Psychosis
Treatment of Agitation and Psychosis
Assessment and Treatment of Depression and Apathy

Caring for the Caregiver
Legal and Ethical Issues

A: Pocket Cards: Dementia Workup

Dementia Screen Questions
The Dementia Workup: History
The Dementia Workup: Physical Examination
The Dementia Workup: Mental Status Examination
The Cognitive Screen for Dementia
Clock Drawing Test
The Dementia Workup: Tests
B: Pocket Cards: Agitation, Psychosis, and Delirium in Dementia
Assessment of Agitation and Psychosis in Dementia
Confusion Assessment Method Rating Scale for Delirium
Treatment of Agitation and Psychosis in Dementia
OBRA, or Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Guidelines
OBRA, or Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Dosing Guidelines
C: Pocket Cards: Depression in Dementia
Assessment of Depression in Dementia
Depression Symptom Checklist for Dementia
Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression in Dementia
D: Pocket Card: Caregiver Assessment
The Mini-Burden Interview

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