General Practitioners, Patients, and Care Givers Support the Use of a Telegeriatric Memory Disorder Consultation for Older Adults

Martin-Khan, Melinda, Salih, Salih A, Rowland, Jeffrey, Wootton, Richard and Gray, Leonard C (2015) General Practitioners, Patients, and Care Givers Support the Use of a Telegeriatric Memory Disorder Consultation for Older Adults. Advances in Alzheimer's Disease, 4 1-9. doi:10.4236/aad.2015.41001

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Author Martin-Khan, Melinda
Salih, Salih A
Rowland, Jeffrey
Wootton, Richard
Gray, Leonard C
Title General Practitioners, Patients, and Care Givers Support the Use of a Telegeriatric Memory Disorder Consultation for Older Adults
Journal name Advances in Alzheimer's Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2169-2459
2169-2467
Publication date 2015-02-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4236/aad.2015.41001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Evidence has shown that diagnosis of dementia is reliable via video conference, but uptake of telehealth in this field has been slow. The aim of this paper was to consider the feasibility of implementing a telegeriatric memory disorder consultation as a standard clinical service and to assess stakeholder satisfaction with such a service.

Method: The focus was on patient population located some distance from access to specialist services. General Practitioners (GPs) located in a remote area referred patients for a video consultation (VC) for cognitive assessment. A satisfaction survey was completed by referring GPs, patients or care givers, and the geriatrician.

Results: Seven GPs agreed to participate in the pilot. Nine patients were referred for assessment, eight were diagnosed with dementia. GPs identified the specialist input as significant to patient care. Participants interacted with the specialist on a level that was comparable to a face-to-face assessment.

Conclusion: It was clinically feasible to implement a telegeriatric memory disorder clinic. GPs, patients and their families living in a remote area found that a telegeriatric memory consultation was a highly satisfactory alternative to traveling to a major city for a memory assessment.

Key Points: 1) GPs judged the diagnosis and recommendations by the specialist to be reliable and would recommend the service; 2) Rather than travel a long distance to see a specialist, attending the appointment via video conference is a suitable alternative for geriatric cognitive assessment.
Keyword Age
80 and over
Cognition
Telemedicine
Q-Index Code C1
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Created: Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 12:15:55 EST by Mrs Melinda Martin-khan on behalf of Medicine - Princess Alexandra Hospital