E-Learning Videos for Healthcare Professionals:

Mild Cognitive Impairment

In this module, Dr. Dan Kaufer from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will introduce you to Mild Cognitive Impairment and how it relates to dementia, as well as go through diagnosis of MCI.

Cognitive Screening

How can a family doctor identify cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s or dementia? What happens after a diagnosis is made? In this module, Dr. Philip Sloane will discuss these questions and more.

Lewy Body Dementia

In this module, Dr. Dan Kaufer discusses Lewy-Body Dementia including common symptoms, case studies, and treatment options.

Is It Alzheimer’s? A Case Study

In this module, Dr. Dan Kaufer goes through a common primary care cognitive impairment case from history, physical, cognitive testing, imaging, and diagnosis.

Tips on Evaluating Memory Loss

In this module, Dr. Dan Kaufer describes how to quickly and effectively evaluate memory loss, including how to distinguish storage versus retrieval memory deficits and the use of verbal and category fluency tests.

* Additional videos under construction

Other Resources:

Memory Evaluation and Management – Primary Care (MEM-PC) Protocol*

This is a cognitive screening protocol geared towards primary care providers who are often on the front line of recognizing and screening for cognitive disorders and memory problems in their patients. The screening protocol is reflected in three tiers:

  • Tier 1) initial screening during typical check-ups and visits, including the Annual Medicare Wellness Visit.

Provider Entry Forms – click here.

Patient Entry Forms – click here.

Informant Entry Forms – click here.

  • Tier 2) Neurobehavioral Cognitive Status Exam for patients who have screened positively during Tier 1, in order to correctly diagnose patients.

Provider Entry Forms – click here.

Patient Entry Forms – click here.

Informant Entry Forms – click here.

  • Tier 3) For patients who present with a typical dementia (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), a follow up within a primary care practice & for patients who present with atypical dementia, a referral to a neurologist/geriatric medicine provider with expertise in the management of neurocognitive disorders.

Care Plan Template – click here.

Informant Entry Form – click here.

*Formerly known as Multidimensional Active Triage Neurocognitive Assessment Protocol (MATNAP).

Other Screening Tools

Click here for a one page overview of the Mini-Cog screening tool. This is a quick, easy-to-administer tool that is both sensitive and specific for identifying cognitive impairment. Please note, if positive, it should be followed up with a more detailed cognitive evaluation.

Click here for an informant-derived (caregiver) primary care screening tool developed by Dr. Kaufer to identify changes from usual self in 5 key areas: cognition, instrumental activities of daily living, socialization, behavior, and vegetative/sensory/motor function. The rating system allows the provider to quickly scan to see where the most troublesome problem areas are. This can inform diagnosis, management, and referral to resources. A self-administered version is available here .

Click here for a review article on neurobehavioral assessment, including functional and neurobehavioral assessment tools.

Systematic Evaluation of Suspected Dementia for Primary Care

This section includes downloadable, writeable series of checklists for use in performing and recording the components of a comprehensive primary care dementia evaluation