New Smartphone App to Help Doctors Diagnose Alzheimer’s
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s isn’t easy. Because of the complexity of the disease, there are a ton of different factors that contribute to the process.
With every visit, doctors need to ask hundreds of questions about the patient to collect every piece of information that could be used as clues to a diagnosis. This makes dementia evaluations very lengthy and exceedingly inconvenient for the patient as well as the doctor.
What makes this even worse is the time spent having to collect lots of information, which leaves significantly less time for healthcare providers to counsel their patients once a diagnosis is made. Counseling and support are equally important for doctors because they help patients understand their disease, and what’s next in terms of treatment and lifestyle adjustments. This translates to greater autonomy and leads to better choices made for both doctor and patient when it comes to choosing the right treatment.
Having little time to counsel patients is definitely a problem, especially in memory disorder clinics where elderly patients often have dementia. Dementia evaluations are among the lengthiest of appointments. That’s because there are hundreds of pertinent questions that need to be asked. On top of that, the tests we use to evaluate cognitive function take a long time as well. It’s nearly impossible to do a good job completing all these evaluations in a reasonable amount of time, let alone squeeze in the important discussions about the disease and available treatments.