Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
Discussing Your Patient’s Dementia Diagnosis
Last Reviewed: August 1, 2018
What You’ll Learn
- Understand both the responsibility of providers to discuss dementia diagnoses with patients and their families and the importance of the discussion
- Describe a framework for discussing a dementia diagnosis, including assessing patient understanding, using appropriate language, and responding to emotional cues throughout the discussion
- Understand the importance of assuring ongoing support of the patient and family and scheduling regular follow-ups for continuing conversations about their diagnosis
This course was created with generous support from the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute.
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
- Case Management: 1.00 CE
- Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
- Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC (Medical Knowledge Only)
- Nursing: 0.90 CNE
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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Tools & Resources
Discussing Your Patient's Dementia Diagnosis Key Takeaways
Stepwise approach for discussing a dementia diagnosis with patients and caregivers. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.members login
Tips for Communicating with People Living with Dementia
Guidelines for clinicians and caregivers. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.members login
Course References: Discussing Your Patient's Dementia Diagnosis
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.members login
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Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC. Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW. Family Services Manager. Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Jim Palmer, MSW, LCSW. Palliative Care Social Worker. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Marta Kazandijan, MA, CCC-SLP, BSC-S. Director, Division Speech Pathology and Swallowing. New York Presbyterian Queens and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Gina Decker. Caregiver.
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Melissa Bakar, MD. Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.*
Komal D’Souza, MD. Palliative Medicine, Northwestern Medicine.*
Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology. University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Timothy Adams, RN. Palliative Care. Tanner Medical Center.
Kristin Chouinard, RN, CHPN. Gerontology. North Shore Elder Services, Partners Healthcare.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer
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