Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 241–243 | Cite as

Awareness of local dementia services among general practitioners with academic affiliation

  • Michael Pentzek
  • Angela Fuchs
  • Heinz-Harald Abholz
  • Anja Wollny
Short Communication


Background and aims: Cooperation with specialized services is one important resource for general practitioners (GPs) in managing dementia patients and caregivers. Methods: In a questionnaire study among GPs involved in university teaching (n=137) we asked if GPs knew of four types of local dementia services. A linear regression analysis was conducted to find associations with GPs’ awareness. Results: Day care services could be named by over two-thirds of GPs, patient support groups by nearly half, carer support groups and memory clinics by only 40%. Greater awareness of services was associated with better theoretical knowledge of dementia and GP practices in urban areas. Conclusions: In the light of the specificity of our GP sample, our results display remarkably poor awareness of institutions caring for demented patients and their relatives. A more active approach in acquainting GPs with dementia services, especially in rural areas, may enhance awareness and cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Pentzek
    • 1
  • Angela Fuchs
    • 1
  • Heinz-Harald Abholz
    • 1
  • Anja Wollny
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General Practice, Medical FacultyUniversity of DüsseldorfDÜsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of General Practice, Medical FacultyUniversity of RostockGermany

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