General practitioners highlight reliance on families for the care of dementia patients

Written by Alice Weatherston

A recent survey of >1000 family doctors in the UK, carried out by the Alzheimer’s Society to investigate care levels for dementia patients, has indicated that over three-quarters (77%) of general practitioners (GPs) believe that patients diagnosed with dementia are reliant on family support for their care. This was primarily attributed to a shortfall in the help available from health and social care services. A further 73% suggested that their patients are forced to rely upon friends, neighbors and other non-family unpaid carers. Within the survey, two-thirds of GPs indicated that patients were not provided with appropriate provision from adult...

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