The Center for Public Policy Research reports on the results of a study that involved collaboration between the College of William and Mary, the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, and the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The study was intended to: 1) investigate whether the primary source of AD diagnosis is more likely to be the primary care physician than a specialist, and 2) identify what family caregivers most need as they interact with healthcare providers. Data collected from primary care physicians and their office staff helped determine the needs of health care providers as they support families caring for relatives with AD. The team of investigators also identified effective ways to maximize the resources provided by physicians and their staff and make additional resources available. The findings suggest a number of policy-related recommendations.