Sponsored by the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning
Supported by educational grants from Lilly and Genentech, a member of Roche Group.
December 7, 2022
December 7, 2023
Andrew E. Budson, MD
Chief, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, VA Boston Healthcare System
Associate Director and Outreach, Recruitment, & Engagement Core Leader, Boston
University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Lecturer in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
This educational activity is designed for primary care physicians, internists, geriatricians,
neurologists, and NPs and PAs who care for patients with or at risk for AD.
Alzheimer disease (AD) accounts for an estimated 60% to 80% of cases of dementia, which is
characterized by declines in memory, language, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities
necessary for performance of daily activities. It is also associated with a significant burden
for patients, their caregivers, and society, which will increase sharply as the number of
patients increases over the next few decades. However, detection of AD remains suboptimal with
many patients not diagnosed, misdiagnosed, or experiencing a delay in diagnosis. There appears
to be a lack of appreciation of the benefits of an earlier, or “timely” diagnosis, for patients
and caregivers, which can permit earlier intervention to prolong independence and functioning
and improve quality of life. Consequently, there is a significant educational need in
identification of symptoms and differential diagnosis, as well as the importance of early
diagnosis. Contributing to this lack of diagnostic expertise, particularly in primary care
settings, is a lack of knowledge about appropriate testing methodologies and their
interpretation, suggesting a need for education on the use of cognitive, imaging, and biomarker
assessments. Finally, the emotional toll of an AD diagnosis can be significant for patients and
caregivers, leading many healthcare professionals to delay or poorly communicate the diagnosis.
As such, training on communication strategies has been recommended. Therefore, it is apparent
that education is needed to improve clinical practices related to the diagnosis of AD. To
improve diagnostic practices across the spectrum of care, facilitate communication, and support
the translation of evidence into real-world practice, this activity employs an instructional
design called “cinemeducation” that uses “films” as an educational strategy to illustrate and
model best practices. In this case-based experience that utilizes a stop-action method of film,
patient/caregiver interactions with physicians are shown, with expert faculty commentary on
these interactions. In addition, evidence and recommendations for ways in which to optimize
physician interactions with patients/caregivers are provided. Through commentary and evidence,
the interactions are replayed to improve practices in the diagnosis of AD.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Identify the symptoms of Alzheimer disease to differentiate it from other
neurodegenerative disorders and normal aging to gain confidence in making a
Employ and interpret appropriate cognitive, biomarker, and imaging tests in clinical
practice to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer disease
Describe the benefits of earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer disease for patients and
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the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Andrew E. Budson, MD
Advisor or Review Panel member: Lilly, Genentech
Speakers' Bureau: Lilly
Royalty recipient: Oxford University Press, Elsevier
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