Developing dementia-capable health care systems: a 12-step program

Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 Aug;30(3):395-420. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2014.05.001.


Improving the quality, comprehensiveness, and coordination of health care for people with dementia is a primary goal of the National Alzheimer's Plan. In this article, the key principles of high-quality dementia care for nonspecialist clinicians and health care leaders are synthesized, a framework for operationalizing its components is presented, and simple steps for developing dementia-capable health care systems are offered.

Keywords: Alzheimer disease; Annual wellness visit; Care coordination; Comprehensive management; Dementia; Partnership; Primary care; Quality measurement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration*
  • Program Development*