Prioritising national dementia guidelines for general practice: A Delphi approach

Danielle Mazza, Edwina McCarthy, Vera Camões-Costa, Elise Mansfield, Jamie Bryant, Amy Waller, Xiaoping Lin, Leon Piterman

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Abstract

Objectives: Australian guidelines for dementia cover 109 recommendations for dementia care. Knowing which recommendations to implement poses a challenge for general practitioners (GPs). This study aimed to gather general practice perspectives of priority recommendations for GPs in their practice. Methods: To explore which recommendations are most important and those requiring the greatest support in GP implementation, a Delphi study was conducted. Thirty-six GPs, 4 practice nurses and 1 medical services director completed two rounds of email questionnaires. Results: Recommendations requiring support for GP implementation relate to early assessment of behavioural and psychological symptoms; mental health interventions tailored to the person's preferences and abilities; language and cultural barriers in access to information and services; and cognitive and learning needs in treatment delivery. Conclusion: It is critical to understand where support may be needed for GPs to successfully implement recommendations to improve care provided to people with dementia and their carers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • dementia
  • general practice
  • practice guideline

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