All dementia patients and their caregivers who had received a University-based comprehensive evaluation and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease during 1997 (N = 80) were surveyed 1 year after their initial assessment. Of the original cohort, 72.5% were contacted, and two subgroups were defined: 31 patients were being seen only by their primary care physicians (MED), and 27 patients were being treated in addition by a geriatric psychiatry faculty member (GERO). There were statistically significant differences between the two groups (MED vs. GERO, respectively) at follow-up in terms of: 1) hospitalization (39% vs. 15%; P<O.05); 2) cognitive status (P<O.05); and 3) prescription of donepezil at follow-up (35% vs. 64%; P<O. 005). These differences need to be assessed in a larger-scale prospective study.