Aide memoire: What should a memory clinic or a memory assessment service look like

In this article O’Carroll et al. (2016) review the current models of memory clinics in Ireland. Of the 17 memory clinics across the country, at least half have input from old age psychiatry, with some operating at a purely diagnostic level. Less than half of clinics surveyed in 2011 were actively engaged in research. The authors express concern that many clinics do not have access to other health professionals such as neuropsychologists, occupational therapists and social workers, commenting on a potential over reliance on pharmacological therapies. They also highlight the apparent arbitrary location of memory clinics with many areas where a high prevalence of dementia exists, having no access to specialist services. The paper details one of four private, not for profit clinics that takes a multi professional, collaborative approach offering comprehensive evaluation and a commitment to research. The complicating factor of public and privately funded health services in the Republic of Ireland is highlighted with the authors arguing for more standardisation and integration of memory assessment services.
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Aide memoire: What should a memory clinic or a memory assessment service look like
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2016
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O’Carroll, T., Glynn, K., Lyons, D. and Looney, K., 2017. Aide memoire: What should a memory clinic or a memory assessment service look like?. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34(2), pp.141-146.