Current Practice in the referral of Individuals with suspected dementia for neuro imaging by General Practitioners in Ireland and Wales.

In this survey approximately 2500 questionnaires were distributed to GPss in Ireland and Wales with a response rate of 17.9% and 17.6% respectively. Ciblis et al (2016) found that 48.6% of Irish respondents and 24.3% of Welsh respondents directly refer patients for neuro imaging where they suspect dementia. However only a third of GPs expressed some confidence in selecting the appropriate neuro imaging modality and the majority lacked confidence in understanding neuro imaging in dementia. Very few had received training in this area and only one fifth of Irish and a third of welsh GPs had received any dementia specific training. The authors suggest further training in neuro imaging is required but also that the findings raise the question of whether GPs should be using direct referral for neuro imaging in dementia.
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Current Practice in the referral of Individuals with suspected dementia for neuro imaging by General Practitioners in Ireland and Wales.
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2016
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Ciblis, A.S., Butler, M.L., Quinn, C., Clare, L., Bokde, A.L., Mullins, P.G. and McNulty, J.P., 2016. Current practice in the referral of individuals with suspected dementia for neuroimaging by general practitioners in Ireland and Wales. PloS one, 11(3), p.e0151793.