PRESS RELEASE Growing complexity of legal issues around end-of-life and Advance Care Directives. A new resource for general practitioners to help with the timely diagnosis, and post-diagnostic management of dementia was launched today (September 10th) by the Irish College of General Practitioners.

The 50-page guide, “Dementia: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice”, is an essential resource for GPs in helping patients, allied health professionals and families to understand dementia and help them care for people with dementia.

“The timely diagnosis of dementia is essential so that the supports of a multidisciplinary team can be put in place,” said Dr Tony Foley, co-author, a Kinsale-based GP and lecturer in the Department of General Practice in UCC.

“This guide will help to upskill and support GPs in particular, who are often the first port of call for families,” said Dr Foley. “This can be a very challenging area, with legal as well as medical issues, and end-of-life care.”

The Quick Reference Guide covers a wide range of areas from diagnosing dementia, its initial management, its behavioural and psychological symptoms and legal issues.

“ It is essential that GPs are supported, with enhanced understanding of complex legal issues such as new legislative framework around Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directives for those with impaired capacity,”Dr Foley added.

The guide includes a section on driving and dementia, and dementia in those with Down Syndrome.

The guide was undertaken as part of the work of the PREPARED project (Primary Care Education, Pathways and Research of Dementia), which was a national dementia educational project, funded by the HSE and Atlantic Philantropies. That project has now ended.

The guide can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2lZxAuC