Internet-based dementia resources: Physician attitudes and practices

James E. Galvin, Thomas M. Meuser, Linda Boise, Cathleen M. Connell

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Abstract

Despite the great potential of the Internet for improving clinical outcomes, little is know about physicians' use of and attitudes about Internet use for care of patients with dementia. The authors surveyed 373 physicians to inform development of online dementia education resources. Two thirds reported using Internet-based resources in their clinical practices at least three times per week; 61% participated in online continuing medical education. Three fourths agreed that Internet-based resources are helpful in clinical care, but most expressed mixed views about quality of available information. Respondents reported limited awareness and use of dementia-specific Internet resources but expressed an interest in such information regarding screening, treatment, community resources, and patient education. National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers are in a unique position to disseminate online resources for physicians on dementia diagnosis, treatment, and care. This study suggests that such a resource would be well received and utilized by physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-523
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Internet
  • medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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