Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in primary care: a survey of general practitioners in Ireland

Using an anonymous questionnaire issued to GPs in North Dublin, Buhagiar et al. (2011) explored how GPs self-evaluate their confidence and knowledge on the detection and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). GP confidence in diagnosing and managing BPSD was found to be low; all GPs reported having diagnosed and managed patients presenting with new-onset BPSD during the previous year but they were somewhat critical of their perceived skills in these areas, despite showing a high level of knowledge about management of BPSD. The authors conclude that GP confidence is likely to be compromised by a lack of guidance and support, limited resources and a health service framework that does not necessarily promote support from specialist services. The study argues that GPs need to be better supported by educational programmes on dementia care, and by a structured shared care approach between primary and specialist services, which would potentially lead to better patient and caregiver outcomes.  

Title: 
Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in primary care: a survey of general practitioners in Ireland
Date: 
2011
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BUHAGIAR, K., AFZAL, N. and COSGRAVE, M. 2011. Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in primary care: a survey of general practitioners in Ireland. Mental Health in Family Medicine. 8, pp. 227–234