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Supportive care for the person with dementia$
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Julian Hughes, Mari Lloyd-Williams, and Greg Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.001.0001

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The role of the family doctor in supportive care for people with dementia

The role of the family doctor in supportive care for people with dementia

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(p.139) Chapter 15 The role of the family doctor in supportive care for people with dementia
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Supportive care for the person with dementia
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Gillie E. Evans

Louise Robinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.003.0015

The nature of general practice and the concept of supportive care appear to be closely linked. Similarities include a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to patient care, with an emphasis on continuity of care from the point of diagnosis to a patient's death. The primary care team, and in particular, the role of the family doctor or GP, would seem to be pivotal in the co-ordination and delivery of supportive care for people with dementia. In theory, the GP should possess an in-depth knowledge of the person with dementia, their immediate family, and community support networks and be able to assess their physical, psychological, and social needs, as well as the needs of their main carers. This chapter reflects upon the role of the family doctor in the provision of supportive care for people with dementia, examines existing evidence concerning the delivery of such care, and considers how they might improve upon this.

Keywords:   dementia, patient care, general practitioners, supportive care, primary care

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