Ensuring the success of interprofessional teams: key lessons learned in memory clinics

Can J Aging. 2014 Mar;33(1):49-59. doi: 10.1017/S0714980813000652. Epub 2013 Dec 17.


Primary care-based memory clinics are attracting increasing interest because they present an opportunity to improve dementia diagnosis and management. In Ontario, more than 30 primary care setting participated in a training program aimed at assisting participants to establish an independent memory clinic in their practice setting. This article outlines the key lessons learned in implementing these clinics, on the basis of a study that--used an interview methodology with memory clinic team members and--identified facilitating factors, challenges, and suggestions for sustainability. Of key importance was access to training that facilitates knowledge transfer and supports practice change, interprofessional collaboration, and ongoing infrastructure support. Suggestions for clinic implementation and ongoing capacity building were identified. Lessons learned are applicable to the implementation of other chronic-disease care models aimed at improving the primary care management of complex chronic conditions.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Ontario
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Primary Health Care* / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires