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Familiarity, knowledge, and preferences of family physicians regarding mild cognitive impairment.
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PMID:  23347728     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT Background: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a common condition among elderly persons. Its early identification is important because MCI can be a precursor of dementia. Since physicians' knowledge and preferences regarding MCI can be critical in its identification, this study assessed family physicians' familiarity, knowledge, and preferences regarding help-seeking, diagnosis, and treatment options for MCI. Method: A convenience sample of 197 family physicians working in one of the largest Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) in Israel completed a structured questionnaire. Familiarity, knowledge, and preferences regarding diagnosis, help-seeking, and treatment of MCI were assessed. Results: The majority of the participants had heard about MCI but a third of those familiar with the term reported knowing almost nothing about it. Participants' objective knowledge was good regarding several causes of MCI, but 70% reported it to be caused by normal aging. Help-seeking and treatment preferences corresponded with the literature on MCI. Conclusion: Our findings stress the need to broaden the understanding of primary care physicians' knowledge and preferences regarding MCI. This research can guide in developing continuous education programs to strengthen areas and groups of physicians reporting low knowledge.
Perla Werner; Jeremia Heinik; Eliezer Kitai
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  International psychogeriatrics / IPA     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-203X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Psychogeriatr     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007918     Medline TA:  Int Psychogeriatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Gerontology University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
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