Almost 90 percent of Americans say if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would want to know if the cause of the symptoms was Alzheimer's disease.1 Disclosure and discussion of a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is an ongoing process that should be addressed during multiple office visits. You can refer patients and their families to the Alzheimer's Association to learn about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, find a support group, get advice about caregiving or participate in a clinical trial.

The following videos show the disclosure of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and a peer-to-peer discussion of important aspects of assessing cognition and disclosing an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis during a primary care visit. The videos, part of a three-part instructional series developed for primary care providers, use an actual primary care physician and patient with Alzheimer's disease. The videos were produced by the American College of Physicians Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association.

Disclosing an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Peer-to-peer discussion of important aspects of assessing cognition and disclosing Alzheimer's disease during primary care visits.

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1. Harvard School of Public Health, Alzheimer's Europe. Value of knowing - Research - Alzheimer Europe. Value of Knowing. Available at: http://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Research/Value-of-knowing. Accessed October 13, 2011.