Primary Care Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease: Adaptive Strategies to Improve Cognitive Assessment, Promote Earlier Diagnosis, and Optimize Care

October 29, 2022

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians attending AAFP Chapter Meetings across the U.S.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the etiology, epidemiology, and multifaceted pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), highlighting pathologic processes that may manifest years before symptom onset.
  • Discuss the paramount importance of symptom recognition and routine screening protocols to identify mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and promote early AD diagnosis.
  • Evaluate currently-available cognitive assessment tools, with an emphasis on those best suited for the primary care setting, and summarize expert consensus AD diagnostic criteria across the disease continuum.
  • Examine how biomarker-driven disease characterization, including blood-based metrics, supports timely and accurate AD diagnosis and treatment initiation.
  • Use real-world cases from the primary care perspective to design evidence-supported and patient-centric diagnostic plans that incorporate shared decision making and multidisciplinary and interprofessional referrals.

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Supported through an independent educational grant from Genentech

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Course summary
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Event starts: 
10/29/2022 - 12:15pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/29/2022 - 1:15pm EDT

  5 min      Welcome and Introductions/Pre-test

10 min      Fundamental Facets of Alzheimer’s Disease: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and the Critical Need for Early Diagnosis

20 min      Recognizing Early Cognitive Decline: Principal Pillars of Cognitive Assessment in the Primary Care Setting

15 min      Fortifying the Frontline: The Sentinel Role of the Primary Care Clinician on the Comprehensive Care Team

10 min      Conversations with the Experts: Audience Q&A/Post-test

Mississippi AAFP Chapter
The Inn at Ole Miss
120 Alumni Drive
University, MS
United States

Alireza Atri, MD, PhD
Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Sun City, Arizona



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Mark J. Huffmyer, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

Alireza Atri, MD, PhD–disclosures to come.

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