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Patient-Centered Care for People with Cognitive Impairment Is Possible in Primary Care

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Keeping the focus of primary care on the person with dementia, instead of the disease, is the key to optimal healthcare. The person's goals and values should drive all medical decisions, and an early diagnosis will facilitate open discussions and care planning. The primary care provider's role is to educate the patient about the risks and benefits of treatment, manage other medical conditions to optimize function, assist the family with developing proper caregiving skills, and conduct advance-care planning while the patient can still participate in the decisions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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