Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Research By: Elisabeth M.S. ShermanShawnda Lanting, Shauna ThompsonHolly Kennedy-SymondsRick TiedemannChris Nedelmann, & Don Copeman.

Presented at: Accelerating Primary Care Conference 2014 in West Edmonton

Background

  • Family physicians are the first point of care for patients concerned about brain health and psychological health
  • Prevention and early identification helps improve brain health and psychological health
  • The family physician therefore has unique potential to improve outcomes
  • However, few primary care models incorporate prevention-based brain health and psychological health services

Objective

We describe a brain health and psychological health program created for primary care that focuses on:

  1. Prevention and early detection
  2. Evidence-based tools
  3. Collaborative care model
  4. Information technology
  5. Brevity, flexibility, and same-day results
  6. Patient education
  7. Data capture for quality assurance and research

Results

  • Excellent client feedback to date
  • Appears to benefit healthy people wanting prevention information
  • Useful for identification of patients at risk
  • Will allow future statistical analyses for identifying capacity to improve outcomes

Main topics of interest to patients:

  • Importance of medical health for brain health
  • Brain-healthy eating
  • Stress management
  • Importance of exercise for brain health
  • Strategies for healthy brain aging

Conclusions

Brain health and psychological health monitoring services are a model of care that shows promise in serving patients and in advancing education and prevention in the primary care setting.

Click here to view the poster as presented at APCC 2014, including supporting figures