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Title: My patient may have dementia – what do I do next? The potential role of the general practice nurse.
Author: Gibson, Caroline
Issue Date: 2023
Conference Name: APNA Conference – Festival of Nursing
Conference Date: July 27-29
Conference Place: Perth, WA
Abstract: An ageing population combined with an increasing number of people living for longer in their own homes mean that it is likely that general practitioners (GPs) and general practice nurses (GPNs) will be providing care for more people living with dementia and their carer(s). In Australia, dementia is currently the leading cause of death and disability for women, the second leading cause of death overall and the highest cause of disability in people over the age of 65. It will affect close to 1 million people by 2050. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience dementia at an earlier age, and at a rate 3 to 5 times higher than the general Australian population. GPNs, working collaboratively with GPs, have a significant role in supporting people living with dementia in the community. Nurses are the most trusted health professional with the GPN often having relationships with patients that extend over many years. They are well-positioned to recognise cognitive changes in an individual and broach sensitive topics of conversation. However, GPNs have indicated that they require additional knowledge, skills and the confidence to identify patients with cognitive impairment and understand the impact of dementia on the management of other conditions. This session will use interactive case study discussions based on learnings from the presenter’s primary care nursing clinical experience and research in nurse-led models of dementia care in general practice to assist GPNs to - Recognise the ‘red flags’ associated with cognitive changes and /or a possible dementia - Initiate conversations about cognition and dementia - Address the health and social impact of dementia on the individual and carer(s) - Understand the use of the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) in the 75+ health assessment - Consider chronic disease care planning in the context of cognitive impairment
Internal ID Number: 02240
Health Subject: DEMENTIA
Type: Conference
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