Advice changes for GPs dealing with Alzheimer’s patients
New GMC guidance will urge GPs to rethink their approach to discussing medical issues with Alzheimer's
It says doctors should actively engage patients with dementia in discussions, allowing them to make decisions based on their individual needs and circumstances and warns against consent being seen as a tick box exercise. It follows fierce criticism from Alzheimer's campaigners, claiming that people with dementia have often being ignored in the decision making process. The GMC helped draw up the guidance, which comes in on June 2, based on a play performed by actors from the National Theatre which toured the country last year, which reconstructed unsatisfactory encounters patients had with with GPs.