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Educational workshops and decision support software increase detection of dementia in the elderly in primary care settings

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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?


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Cluster randomised controlled trial (by general practice).

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Unblinded (once baseline data were collected).

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Nine months.

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Thirty six UK general practices; 1999 to 2002.

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450 people aged 75 and over registered at 36 general practices who were diagnosed with dementia or probable dementia.

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Three educational interventions for primary care workers: tutorial on a CD-ROM (8 practices); decision support software built into the electronic medical records …

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  • For correspondence: Murna Downs, Bradford Dementia Group, Division of Dementia Studies, School of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford BD5 0BB, UK; m.downs{at}

  • Sources of funding: Alzheimer’s Society (Alexander and Christina Dykes Project Grant).

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