Changing practice in primary care

O’Donnell, C. A. and Foster, H. (2018) Changing practice in primary care. In: Irving, K., Hogervorst, E., Oliveira, D. and Kivipelto, M. (eds.) New Developments in Dementia Prevention Research. Taylor and Francis: London. ISBN 9781351122719

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The identification of modifiable risk factors present in mid-life, which are associated with the development of dementia in later life opens a new role for primary care, namely dementia prevention. Several risk factors, including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and hypertension, overlap with other chronic diseases; thus, dementia could be incorporated into routine chronic disease management. However, patient, public and even practitioner awareness of these links is low. Here, we discuss the importance of raising awareness and the potential role of digital interventions to support individuals make and maintain changes in their lifestyle that may reduce or delay the development of dementia in later life.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Foster, Dr Hamish
Authors: O’Donnell, C. A., and Foster, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
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