Diagnosis and Management of Dementia: A Manual for Memory Disorder Teams

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Overview

Organised services for those with memory disorders are growing. This growth is stimulated by an increase in the number of people with memory problems and by an increased appreciation of the complexity of the needs of such patients. Further growth is likely, especially now that we appear to have crossed the threshold of effective treatment for many patients with dementia. With these advances has come the recognition of the necessity for an interdisciplinary approach to management. Diagnosis and Management of Dementia: A Manual for Memory Disorders Teams is an edited volume covering all aspects of the operation of a memory disorders team. It is aimed at all those working in the dementia or memory disorders team, whether in a clinic or a community setting. The book is divided into three sections. Section one takes the reader through the practical details of setting up and organising a clinic, from timetabling, through managing information, to the assessments needed and the opportunities such a service provides. Section two deals with the diagnostic process; and section three addresses management issues, from carer support, pharmacological and physiological interventions, through managing common problems, to the role of the primary care physician. An Appendix contains the results of a survey to the memory disorder services. This survey provides the reader with examples of other services and demonstrates the wide variation in how these services operate. The Manual is unique in that it combines up to date thinking on diagnosis and management with practical and helpful ideas on how to run a dementia or memory disorders service.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored work on caring for persons with dementing illnesses through use of team-based memory disorder clinics.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive discussion of the team approach to care of demented older persons. This book is urgently needed because of the burgeoning population of demented older persons.
Audience: All healthcare professionals dealing with demented individuals on an outpatient basis comprise the audience for the book. The editors and contributors are all leading experts in the field.
Features: This book gives a thorough discussion of organizing a memory disorders clinic, including a chapter on information management. The chapter on language disorders in demented persons is quite good. There is no discussion here of the nutritional evaluation of demented persons.
Assessment: Many books on clinical care of the demented focus on institutional care. This book offers a unique and valuable contribution to the field by examining the outpatient approach to caring for persons with dementing illnesses. The book is practical, thorough, and in depth. Any healthcare organization wishing to develop a memory disorders clinic will find this book an invaluable reference. Every medical library should possess this book.
David O. Staats
This is a multiauthored work on caring for persons with dementing illnesses through use of team-based memory disorder clinics. "The purpose is to provide a comprehensive discussion of the team approach to care of demented older persons. This book is urgently needed because of the burgeoning population of demented older persons. "All healthcare professionals dealing with demented individuals on an outpatient basis comprise the audience for the book. The editors and contributors are all leading experts in the field. "This book gives a thorough discussion of organizing a memory disorders clinic, including a chapter on information management. The chapter on language disorders in demented persons is quite good. There is no discussion here of the nutritional evaluation of demented persons. "Many books on clinical care of the demented focus on institutional care. This book offers a unique and valuable contribution to the field by examining the outpatient approach to caring for persons with dementing illnesses. The book is practical, thorough, and in depth. Any healthcare organization wishing to develop a memory disorders clinic will find this book an invaluable reference. Every medical library should possess this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192628220
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of contributors
Commonly used abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Administrative and organizational aspects 13
3 Information management 29
4 Medical assessment 48
5 Psychiatric assessment 62
6 Investigations - laboratory, radiological, and neurophysiological 78
7 Neuropsychological assessment 102
8 Computerized cognitive assessment 124
9 The role of the speech and language therapist 137
10 Functional assessment 158
11 The assessment of dementia in the community setting 179
12 Research potential 190
13 Age-related memory and cognitive decline 211
14 Differentiation of the common dementias 231
15 Other dementias 252
16 Carer support 279
17 Therapeutic intervention in dementia 294
18 Non-pharmacological approaches to treatment 311
19 Management of common problems 332
20 The primary care physician's perspective 364
Appendix: A survey of the memory disorders teams represented by the contributors 374
Index 393
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