Alzheimer Disease Guidelines

Updated: May 09, 2019
  • Author: Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Guidelines

Guidelines Summary

Alzheimer's Association

In 2018, the Alzheimer's Association released the first clinical practice guidelines for the evaluation of cognitive impairment suspected to be a result of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in both primary care and specialty care settings. The guidelines contain 20 recommendations, 16 of which are classified as "A" recommendations. The primary recommendation is that all middle-aged or older individuals who self-report or for whom their care partner reports cognitive, behavioral, or functional changes undergo a timely multitiered evaluation. Other recommendations emphasize the importance of obtaining a history from the patient and someone who knows the patient well to establish the presence and characteristics of any substantial changes to categorize the cognitive behavioral syndrome, investigate possible causes and contributing factors to arrive at a diagnosis/diagnoses, and appropriately educate, communicate findings and diagnosis, and ensure ongoing management, care, and support. [146]