Family physicians' perspectives on memory clinics in primary care

Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2016 Dec;6(6):467-478. doi: 10.2217/nmt-2016-0031. Epub 2016 Nov 9.


Aim: To identify family physicians' perception of the primary care collaborative memory clinic (PCCMC) care model.

Methods: Physicians with access to a PCCMC completed a survey to assess their satisfaction with various aspects of PCCMC care delivery (n = 78). Interviews were conducted with a purposeful sample of physicians (n = 20) to gather their opinions on the strengths, gaps in care and benefits associated with the PCCMC model.

Results: There was support for this care model in providing timely quality dementia care at a primary care level, making it easier for referring physicians to manage challenging aspects of dementia care.

Conclusion: PCCMCs provide a significant opportunity for supporting physicians to manage the care of persons with dementia within primary care practice.

Keywords: care; dementia; interprofessional; memory clinics; primary care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires