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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 8, 2016

When Patients Are Close-Lipped About Memory Problems

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JAMA. 2016;315(10):971. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1660

Physicians can’t count on patients to raise concerns about memory loss at routine checkups, even when memory lapses infringe on daily living.

Only 25.2% of adults 45 years or older with subjective memory complaints reported discussing them with a health care professional at a recent routine visit, according to the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Too few discussions about memory issues at health care visits create lost opportunities either to find treatable conditions unrelated to dementia or to diagnose dementia early and help patients access community services, receive therapy or enroll in a clinical trial, and make decisions about future health care, according to the study’s author (Adams M. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:E15).

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