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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 2019Pais-up subscribers

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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