Dementia risk reduction in primary care: What Australian initiatives can teach us

Travers, Catherine M., Martin-Khan, Melinda G. and Lie, David C. (2009) Dementia risk reduction in primary care: What Australian initiatives can teach us. Australian Health Review, 33 3: 461-466. doi:10.1071/AH090461

Author Travers, Catherine M.
Martin-Khan, Melinda G.
Lie, David C.
Title Dementia risk reduction in primary care: What Australian initiatives can teach us
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH090461
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 461
End page 466
Total pages 6
Editor Sandra Leggat
Christine Binskin
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
111702 Aged Health Care
1117 Public Health and Health Services
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Abstract Only limited research has been undertaken to identify factors that impede or facilitate the implementation of evidence-based health promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI) activities within primary practice. We examined recent Australian initiatives that encouraged primary care practitioners to implement PPEI activities to reduce the risk of chronic disease, particularly those that have focused on lifestyle risk factors. The aim was to identify barriers and facilitators to the uptake of these activities to inform the Australian National Dementia Prevention Strategy. Barriers that were consistently reported across evaluations and that appear to be of most concern to Australian general practitioners include the issues of financial remuneration and time constraints secondary to heavy work commitments. Factors that were effective in overcoming barriers included the integration of interventions within existing activities, the specification of a clear, funded role for practice nurses and the support of the Australian General Practice Network. It was concluded that these factors should be considered if PPEI activities for dementia are to be successfully incorporated within primary care.
Keyword Dementia care - Australia
Aged care
Dementia risk reduction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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