General practitioners facing dementia: Are they fully prepared?

E. Pucci, F. Angeleri, G. Borsetti, E. Brizioli, E. Cartechini, G. Giuliani, A. Solari

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We assessed knowledge about Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a sample of Italian general practitioners (GPs). We first carried out a propedeutic study to verify the ability of an Italian version of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's AD Knowledge Test for Health Professionals to distinguish between 20 AD specialists and 20 non-specialists and to gain reference values. We then administered the test, together with a short questionnaire, to 139 GPs attending an educational programme in November 2000. The cut-off score for discriminating specialists from non-specialists was ≥9. Among the 95 GPs who performed the AD Knowledge Test (68.3% response rate), 21% had a total score ≥9. Our findings suggest that particular focus should be given to dementia in continuing medical education (CME) programmes for GPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-389
Number of pages6
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Knowledge testing
  • Primary healthcare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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