Perception Is Reality: Are Neurologists Helping Patients Live Well with Dementia?

Event Time: Monday April 23, 2018 12:25 pm to 1:45 pm
ELA Type: Live Well
Topic(s): Aging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology
Director(s): Daniel Potts MD, FAAN, Neelum Aggarwal MD
Description: Many persons living with dementia report the negative impact of their interactions with neurologists, especially when receiving their diagnosis. These interactions are often characterized as lacking empathy and compassion, with poor communication of available resources, and a general lack of effort or concern to help patients live well with their diagnosis. Interactions such as these may have far-reaching consequences, including negatively impacting patients' perceived self-worth and caregiver well-being, undermining trust in the physician-patient relationship, and adversely impacting treatment compliance. Contributing factors may include physician burn-out, challenges in breaking bad news, implicit bias against persons living with dementia, failure of the built practice environment to support high quality person-centered care, etc. This 1-hour offering will include a panel discussion with persons living with dementia, a virtual dementia simulation, a discussion of the changing demographics, genetics and neuroethics of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and a time for audience questions and comments.
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CME Credits: 0
Core Competencies: Patient Care

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