Challenges in managing dementia in a primary health care setting: A case report

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Dementia is a condition that is frequently associated with ageing. However, many fail to recognise that dementia is a treatable condition if detected early. This case report illustrates a 64-year-old man who was initially presented in a primary health care (PHC) centre in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, with gradual changes in his behaviour. Initial assessment concluded that he suffered from depression and he was treated accordingly. However, over time his condition deteriorated and the diagnosis was re-evaluated from depression to dementia when he developed poor cognitive and memory function. The patient defaulted on his follow-up appointments due to poor understanding of the illness and poor family support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-520
Number of pages2
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Volume51
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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Dementia
Primary Health Care
Depression
Malaysia
Cognition
Appointments and Schedules

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Elderly
  • Primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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