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Sunday, 9 October 2011

How to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's

It has been the experience of many caregivers that doctors in India do not explain the diagnosis sufficiently to the patients' families.  Many times families of patients have never heard of the condition before.  They do not know what to expect. Not all are savvy enough to google it. 

As the patient's condition deteriorates, the practical consequences of the progression of the disease become apparent to the families. They all learn to cope but with a lot of stress.  This can be avoided if an early diagnosis is provided an properly explained to the patients' families.

Alzheimer's Association (alz.org)  recommendes early disclosure of diagnosis to maximise quality of life.   Read the article here http://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_diagnostic_disclosure.asp#covering

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