Vol. 9 nº 2 - Apr/May/Jun de 2015
Views & Reviews Páginas: 93 a 95

Teaching medical students about dementia: A brief review

Authors Alessandro Ferrari Jacinto1; Ananda Ghelfi Raza Leite2; José Luiz de Lima Neto3; Edison Iglesias de Oliveira Vidal1; Paulo José Fortes Villas Bôas1


keywords: dementia, aged, teaching, medical schools, Brazil.

Underdeveloped nations have the largest absolute number of the world's elderly population. Approximately 10.7% of the Brazilian population comprises aged individuals. Aging populations are associated with a higher incidence of chronic degenerative diseases such as dementia. Demented individuals place a high burden of care on healthcare systems and family members. General practitioners should be able to diagnose the most common elderly diseases such as dementia since they act as gatekeepers to specialized care. In Brazil, many medical students work as general practitioners upon graduating. The present study shows some scenarios of medical schools worldwide, including Brazilian, regarding teaching on dementia.


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