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Mobile memory clinic: implementing a nurse practitioner-led, collaborative dementia model of care within general practice

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posted on 2023-05-21, 01:46 authored by Pond, D, Higgins, I, Mate, K, Helga JenkinsHelga Jenkins, Mills, D, McNeil, K
The limited capacity of secondary health services to address the increasing prevalence of dementia within the community draws attention to the need for an enhanced role for nurses working collaboratively with GPs in diagnosing and coordinating post-diagnostic care for patients with dementia. This study investigated the feasibility and acceptability of a nurse practitioner-led mobile memory clinic that was embedded within general practice and targeted to caring for patients and their carers in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage with poor access to specialist health services. Over the period from mid-2013 to mid-2014, 40 GPs referred 102 patients, with the nurse practitioner conducting assessments with 77 of these patients in their homes. Overall, there was a strong interest in this model of care by general practice staff, with the assessment and care provided by the nurse practitioner evaluated as highly acceptable by both patients and their carers. Nonetheless, there are financial and structural impediments to this model of care being implemented within the current Australian health service framework, necessitating further research investigating its cost-effectiveness and efficacy.

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Publication title

Australian Journal of Primary Health

Volume

27

Pagination

6-12

ISSN

1448-7527

Department/School

Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre

Publisher

C S I R O Publishing

Place of publication

Australia

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Journal Compilation © La Trobe University 2021. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/deed.en_US

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  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Primary care

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