Creating an Online CME Module: Early Detection and Diagnosis of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Objectives. To create an online Continuing Medical Education (CME) module that educates primary care providers about screening tools available to detect dementia and the benefits of early diagnosis for patients and families.
Methods. In collaboration with the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the UVM AV and Technology Service Departments, we developed and produced an online CME module characterized by professional aesthetics, access across a range of technologies, and up-to-date content with recommendations for specific screening protocols.
Results. We presented the module to 60 individuals at a Fletcher Allen Family Medicine Grand Rounds and received positive reviews from an anonymous post-presentation survey. Of all respondents, 58% currently screen patients in their regular practice. 100% of respondents stated that the module changed, or partially changed, the way they practice and screen patients for dementia and AD.
Conclusions. The module includes guidelines to explain that screening can be performed by any properly trained individual, can take as little as 80-120 seconds, and should be done annually beginning at age 65 or when cognitive changes are recognized. This online module will be hosted on the UVM CME website.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Discuss clinical screening tools for detecting dementia Explain the diagnostic evaluation of dementia Discuss the benefits of early diagnosis for patients and families
Keyword(s): Aging, Dementia
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was involved in the design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and presentation of this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.