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Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures focuses upon assessment and differential diagnosis.  Emphasis will be on explaining how to use screening tools and to differentiate various types of dementia.  Participants will be asked to think about how to incorporate these tools into mental status examination and community practice.  The information will be useful for other health care providers as they interact with primary care and help persons who have ADRD or their families navigate the health system.


Eric Rodriguez, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Division of Geriatric Medicine

Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate, based on clinical criteria, Alzheimer's disease from other common dementias including Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), Vascular-Ischemic Dementias, Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia (PDD), and Parkinson’s- Plus Syndromes.
  • Determine the role of office-based screening instruments and mental status examination in the evaluation and management of dementia.
  • Interpret and compare cognitive screening approaches for different dementias such as AD, FTD, and DLB.

Contact Hours: 1.5

This activity provides professional development for licensed nurses and social workers.  Social Work CE is made possible by a collaboration with the Pitt School of Social Work’s Continuing Education Department.

Costs: $35

Program supported by Health Resources and Services Administration Grant # U1QHP28736

Review Date: September 14, 2022

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