UK Alzheimer's Society launches online dementia training tool
Monday 14 May 2012
The UK Alzheimer's Society, along with BMJ Learning, has launched a free online dementia training tool for GPs. The training programme was introduced after a survey by the society revealed that only 37% of UK general practitioners say they have received sufficient basic dementia training.
The survey polled 382 GPs and also found that 71% of them wished to learn more about dementia online, while 75% cited a specific interest in managing the behavioural symptoms of dementia. The free programme includes sections on early diagnosis and non-drug treatments for behavioural symptoms such as hobbies, social interaction and music.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: "Currently, only 43% of people with dementia get a formal diagnosis. We need to support GPs as much as possible as they have a vital role to play in diagnosing and supporting people with the condition, which is why we are very excited to launch this online learning tool.
"Alzheimer's Society is also on hand to signpost GPs to additional support in the assessment of people with memory problems, as well as the management of dementia. We also offer information about services and support to those who have received or are awaiting a diagnosis, and their families."
The programme was developed by the Society and BMJ Learning, the medical education division of the BMJ Group.