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Recommendations of Swiss Memory Clinics for the Diagnosis of Dementia

Bürge, Markus
Bieri, Gabriela
Brühlmeier, Matthias
Demonet, Jean-Francois
Felbecker, Ansgar
Georgescu, Dan
Gietl, Anton
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Published in Praxis. 2018, vol. 107, no. 8, p. 435-451
Abstract The early diagnosis of subjectively perceived or externally anamnestically observed cognitive impairments is essential for proving neurodegenerative diseases or excluding treatable causes such as internal, neurological or psychiatric disorders. Only in this way is early treatment made possible. As part of the project 3.1 of the National Dementia Strategy 2014–2019 («Development and expansion of regional and networked centres of competence for diagnostics»), the association Swiss Memory Clinics (SMC) set itself the goal of developing quality standards for dementia clarification and improving the community-based care in this field. In these recommendations, general guidelines of diagnostics and individual examination possibilities are presented, and standards for the related processes are suggested. Individual areas such as anamnesis, clinical examination, laboratory examination, neuropsychological testing and neuroradiological procedures are discussed in detail as part of standard diagnostics, and supplementary examination methods for differential diagnosis considerations are portrayed. The most important goals of the SMC recommendations for the diagnosis of dementia are to give all those affected access to high-quality diagnostics, if possible, to improve early diagnosis of dementia and to offer the basic service providers and the employees of Memory Clinics a useful instrument for the clarification.
Keywords AgedAlgorithmsCognitive Dysfunction/classification/diagnosis/psychology/therapyCommunity Networks/standardsDementia/classification/diagnosis/psychology/therapyDiagnosis, DifferentialEarly DiagnosisGeneral PracticeHospitals, Special/standardsHumansInterdisciplinary CommunicationIntersectoral CollaborationMemory Disorders/classification/diagnosis/psychology/therapyMiddle AgedNeurodegenerative Diseases/classification/diagnosis/psychology/therapyQuality Assurance, Health Care/standardsSwitzerland
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BÜRGE, Markus et al. Recommendations of Swiss Memory Clinics for the Diagnosis of Dementia. In: Praxis (Bern 1994), 2018, vol. 107, n° 8, p. 435-451. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a002948 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:115258

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