Table 1: FPs agreeing with the questionnaire items regarding diagnosis and clinical management of dementia (N = 80).

 

Questionnaire items

% of participants agreeing (Number of cases)

Knowledge

 

1. I regularly keep up to date with the Canadian Consensus Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of dementia (CCCDTD) guidelines.

36.2 (29)

Available resources

 

2. In my practice setting, I have at my disposal good community services for patients living at home.

28.8 (23)

3. In my practice setting, I have at my disposal good community services for patients living at home for which the waiting time is acceptable.

21.2 (17)

4. In my practice setting, I have at my disposal good support services for carers of patients.

18.8 (15)

5. In my practice setting, I have at my disposal good support services for carers of patients for which the waiting time is acceptable.

12.5 (10)

Screening practices

 

6. I evaluate patients with dementia when the patient seems to be forgetful.

95 (76)

7. I evaluate patients with dementia when the patient complains of forgetfulness.

95 (76)

8. I evaluate patients with dementia when a patientís relative thinks the patient might have dementia.

98.8 (79)

9. I am familiar with dementia diagnosis criteria.

86.2 (69)

Skills

 

10. I feel confident that I have adequate skills to develop an adequate management plan for patients.

72.5 (58)

11. I feel confident that I have adequate skills to educate patients and their families.

71.2 (57)

Referrals to specialists

 

12. I generally refer patients to a specialist for the management/treatment of dementia.

43.8 (35)

13. I generally refer patients to a specialist for the evaluation of dementia.

40.0 (32)

Facilitating attitudes

 

14. Much can be done to improve the quality of life of caregivers.

87.5 (70)

15. Much can be done to improve the quality of life of patients.

87.5 (70)

16. It is important to diagnose dementia early on in its course.

85.0 (68)

17. Families would rather be told about their relativeís dementia diagnosis as soon as possible.

78.8 (63)

18. Appropriate interventions can slow down the progression of dementia.

75.5 (62)

Unfavorable attitudes

 

19. The management of dementia is more often frustrating than rewarding.

25.0 (20)

20. Diagnostic criteria are less important than my intuition in the diagnosis of dementia.

16.2 (13)

21. Providing a diagnosis is usually more harmful than helpful.

13.8 (11)

22. As long as effective treatment is absent, diagnosing dementia has no priority.

6.2 (5)

23. Family physicians have a very limited role to play in the care of patients.

3.8 (3)