Who cares for the carer? The often forgotten patient

Henry Brodaty*, Alisa Green

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)833-836
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume31
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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