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Q Does educating primary care workers in investigating and managing dementia in the elderly increase detection rates and adherence to diagnosis and management guidelines?
Cluster randomised controlled trial (by general practice).
Unblinded (once baseline data were collected).
Follow up period:
Thirty six UK general practices; 1999 to 2002.
450 people aged 75 and over registered at 36 general practices who were diagnosed with dementia or probable dementia.
Three educational interventions for primary care workers: tutorial on a CD-ROM (8 practices); decision support software built into the electronic medical records prompting investigation and management of dementia (8 practices); educational workshops (10 practices). The control group was contacted for data collection only (10 practices).
Dementia detection rates; …
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