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Lewis T, Pillai M, Salim T, Allan CL. Diagnosing and managing dementia in primary care. Practitioner Sept 2019;263(1829):17-20

Diagnosing and managing dementia in primary care

25 Sep 2019Registered users

In patients with suspected dementia, the history should cover cognitive, behavioural and psychological symptoms, and the impact symptoms have on daily life. A physical examination is necessary to look for any focal neurological signs and to exclude any visual or auditory problems. Baseline blood tests should be carried out. A medication review should be undertaken as many commonly prescribed drugs have anticholinergic effects which can exacerbate cognitive impairment. A brief cognitive screening test should be performed before referral to a memory clinic.

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