Validation of the Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease of the Italian Neurological Society. Study in 72 Italian neurological centres and 1549 patients

Massimo Musicco, S. Sorbi, V. Bonavita, C. Caltagirone, Umberto Aguglia, Diego Burzomati, Ildebrando Appollonio, Valeria Isella, Bruno Bergamasco, Patrizia Ferrero, Eugenia Rota, Paolo Bergonzi, Iacopo Cancelli, Luca Bertolani, Enrico Bionda, Silvia Strumia, Elena Palazzini, Vincenzo Bonavita, Antonetta Fragazzi, Giorgio BonoUbaldo Bonuccelli, Gabriele Cipriani, Simona Agostini, Sandro Sorbi, Laura Bracco, Valentina Bessi, Amalia Cecilia Bruni, Sabrina Curcio, Gianfranco Puccio, Paolo Caffarra, Giovanni Messa, Giuliana Vezzadini, Carlo Caltagirone, Roberta Perri, Silvia Scalmana, Nicola Canal, Margherita Alberoni, Federica Mantovani, Elisabetta Farina, Giovanna Pinardi, Anna Cannatà, Stefano Cappa, Alessandra Marcone, Roberto Casale, Cira Fundarò, Giancarlo Comi, Giuseppe Magnani, Giulio Coppola, Maria Sofia De Leo, Antonella Vasquez, Federico Cossa, Pasqualino Simone, Elena Sinforiani, Massimo Tabaton, Luca Giliberto, Paolo Tanganelli, Daniela Partinico, Mariarosaria Tola, Vito Toso, Giuseppe Billo, Teresa Sgaramella, Pietro Parisen, Francesco Valluzzi, Gaetano Zaccara, Maristella Piccininni, Piergiuseppe Zagnoni, Marco Peano, Giorgio Carena, Bruzzese Tommaso, Pansera Francesco

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to verify the adherence of Italian family physicians and neurologists to the Guidelines on Diagnosis of Dementia of the Italian Society of Neurology. A multicentre survey was carried out, in 72 neurological centres. The centres included at least 15 consecutive subjects suspected of having a dementia. The adherence of family physicians to the guidelines was poor. Neurologists performed a complete neuropsychological evaluation in a minority of the cases. Patients who had a decrease of Mini Mental Status Examination scores after six months higher than or equal to 4 were more represented among those patients for whom one or more recommendations were not respected. In Italy the adherence to the Guidelines on Diagnosis of Dementia and Alzheimer Validation studys Disease of the Italian Society of Neurology is very poor for family physicians (GPs) and satisfactory, albeit improvable, on the part of neurologists. Respect for the guidelines might improve the outcome of patients with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Guidelines
  • Validation study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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