UF neurologist, communication scientist co-lead study to improve delivery of dementia diagnoses

University of Florida neurologist Melissa Armstrong, M.D., and UF communication scientist Carma Bylund, Ph.D., have been awarded a $375,000 grant to study how people with dementia, their family members and clinicians experience the delivery of such a diagnosis — what went well and what did not.

Given a current lack of standards about how and when dementia diagnoses are communicated, the three-year consortium grant through the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program of the Florida Department of Health aims to develop proposed best-practice standards for how to give a diagnosis of dementia to patients and families. The proposed best-practice standards will take into account the views of patients with memory/thinking problems, families and healthcare providers.

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