Created by Dr Sabina Brennan with funding from GENIO - if you would like to support the development of more films like this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
These films aim to address your fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health.
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Korean subtitles courtesy of Misook Ahn.
Spanish subtitles courtesy of José Ignacio Marsá Valdovinos.
Dutch subtitles courtesy of Mirjam Schepens.
Basque subtitles courtesy of Unai Diaz.
French subtitles courtesy of Jacques Gatard and Jennifer David.
Italian subtitles courtesy of Valentina Gigliucci and Simona Salamone.
German subtitles courtesy of Jean Maples.
I Am A Family Doctor, Is There A Good Way To Check Out A Memory Complaint?
no matter how experienced a doctor you are you can't check a patient's blood pressure, without checking figures from a blood pressure test. Neither can you diagnose pneumonia unless you listen to your patient's chest. It is the same as when someone comes to you with a memory complaint. You can't draw conclusions about their memory function until you put some figures on it and carry out a brain health check. What does a brain health check look like?
There are 5 steps to remember when dealing with a person's memory.
1. Know the History
Like with any patient listening to their story is crucial. You need to understand their concerns, checking with family members were possible to see if there is anything else that could be interfering with their memory.
2. Gather Evidence
A brief physical examination and a blood test could pin point a treatable and even reversible cause for a patient's memory loss. Things like hyperthyroidism or a vitamin B12 deficiency.
3. Give a Test
A short cognitive examination puts a number to the problem allowing you to make an informed conclusion. To assess their cognitive function use pen and paper tests which evaluate memory, thinking and reasoning.
4. Refer for a Second Opinion
Completing a brain health check should help clarify what is going wrong. It can also reveal if you're in a position to offer help or if it is best to refer your patient to a specialist for a second opinion.
5. Give Advice
Whatever the outcome of their cognitive assessment, whether they have a memory problem or not offer informed advice on lifestyle changes that they can make for the sake of their brain.
Think of these 5 steps when someone presents with a memory complaint. These steps are good to know especially when the number of people over 65 is rising and you are going to deal with more memory problems in the future. Which all means now is the perfect time to add brain health to your patient check-up routine.
Familia medikua naiz, ba al dago oroimen kexa bat aztertzeko modu onen bat?
Je suis médecin généraliste. Y a-t-il une bonne pratique pour analyser une plainte au sujet de la mémoire ?
Sono un medico di famiglia, c’è un buon metodo per identificare un problema di memoria?
Ik ben huisarts - Is er een goede manier om geheugenklachten te onderzoeken?
기억력 검사에 좋은 방법은 무엇일까요?
Ich bin Arzt - wie kann ich Gedächtnisprobleme meiner Patienten überprüfen?