BACKGROUND: Dementia not only affects the patient but also those nearest the patient most notably the carer. It is known that caring for a patient with dementia can adversely affect one's psychological, physical, social and financial health. OBJECTIVE: To highlight the needs of the carer of a patient with dementia and suggest means by which general practitioners may provide the necessary support for these carers. DISCUSSION: The GP has a key role in providing support to the carer of the patient with dementia. General practitioners and carers can work as partners in the long term management of dementia thereby reducing the adverse health effects on the carer.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|