Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 19(4) January 2017 : 55-62.doi:10.12927/hcq.2017.25011
Innovations In Primary Care

Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinics: Building Capacity for Optimized Dementia Care

Linda Lee, Loretta M. Hillier, Frank Molnar and Michael J. Borrie

Abstract

Increasingly, primary care collaborative memory clinics (PCCMCs) are being established to build capacity for person-centred dementia care. This paper reflects on the significance of PCCMCs within the system of care for older adults, supported with data from ongoing evaluation studies. Results highlight timelier access to assessment with a high proportion of patients being managed in primary care within a person-centred approach to care. Enhancing primary care capacity for dementia care with interprofessional and collaborative care will strengthen the system's ability to respond to increasing demands for service and mitigate the growth of wait times to access geriatric specialist assessment.

 

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