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Table 2 Physician confidence in dementia care skills before and six months after training a

From: Improving dementia diagnosis and management in primary care: a cohort study of the impact of a training and support program on physician competency, practice patterns, and community linkages

How confident are you in your ability to: Pre-Trainingb 6 Month follow up Change p
  N Mean SD Mean SD   
a. Screen patients for dementia? 28 3.64 1.03 3.93 0.81 +0.29 .12
b. Make a diagnosis of dementia? 27 3.59 0.97 3.85 0.86 +0.26 .11
c. Distinguish Alzheimer’s Disease from other forms of dementia? 28 2.50 1.04 3.21 0.96 +0.71 .001
d. Understand the value and use of assessment instruments for cognition? 28 3.29 1.08 3.93 0.90 +0.64 .006
e. Understand the role of MRI scans in the diagnosis of dementia? 28 2.75 0.97 3.39 1.13 +0.64 .015
f. Provide initial treatment to patients with memory loss? 28 3.43 0.92 4.07 0.72 +0.64 .003
g. Use medications for memory loss? 28 3.68 0.86 4.21 .69 +0.53 .003
h. Approach behavioral symptoms in patients with dementia? 28 3.14 0.80 3.61 0.74 +0.47 .010
i. Deliver patient and caregiver education about dementia care? 28 2.75 0.80 3.82 0.82 +1.07 <.001
j. Refer patients to community resources? 27 2.67 1.18 3.78 1.12 +1.11 .001
k. Disclose and explain a diagnosis of dementia to a patient? 28 3.43 0.88 3.86 0.80 +0.43 .005
l. Provide information to assist and respond to family caregivers of patients with dementia? 28 3.46 0.84 3.68 0.95 +0.22 .18
  1. aPhysicians were asked to rate their current confidence on a scale of 1 (not at all confident) to 5 (extremely confident).
  2. bChange occurred from approximately 1 month prior to training compared to approximately 6 months following the training.