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Diagnostics 2015, 5(2), 113-118; doi:10.3390/diagnostics5020113

A Diagnostic Model for Dementia in Clinical Practice—Case Methodology Assisting Dementia Diagnosis

Clinical Memory Reseach Unit, Institution of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Lund University, 20502 Malmö, Sweden
Academic Editor: Andreas Kjaer
Received: 21 January 2015 / Revised: 22 February 2015 / Accepted: 25 March 2015 / Published: 2 April 2015
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Abstract

Dementia diagnosis is important for many different reasons. Firstly, to separate dementia, or major neurocognitive disorder, from MCI (mild cognitive impairment), mild neurocognitive disorder. Secondly, to define the specific underlying brain disorder to aid treatment, prognosis and decisions regarding care needs and assistance. The diagnostic method of dementias is a puzzle of different data pieces to be fitted together in the best possible way to reach a clinical diagnosis. Using a modified case methodology concept, risk factors affecting cognitive reserve and symptoms constituting the basis of the brain damage hypothesis, can be visualized, balanced and reflected against test results as well as structural and biochemical markers. The model’s origin is the case method initially described in Harvard business school, here modified to serve dementia diagnostics. View Full-Text
Keywords: diagnosis; dementia; case methodology; model; hypothesis diagnosis; dementia; case methodology; model; hypothesis
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Londos, E. A Diagnostic Model for Dementia in Clinical Practice—Case Methodology Assisting Dementia Diagnosis. Diagnostics 2015, 5, 113-118.

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