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Date:7/14/2009

itten summary of findings (15%).

Respondents endorsed several benefits of making a clinical diagnosis of MCI:

  1. Labeling the problem is helpful (91%)
  2. Involving the patient in planning for the future (87%)
  3. Motivating the patient's risk reduction activities (85%)
  4. Helping the family with financial planning (72%)
  5. Prescribing medications useful for treating MCI (65%)

Some respondents noted potential drawbacks of MCI as a clinical diagnosis, including:

  1. It is too difficult to diagnose accurately or reliably (23%)
  2. It is usually better described as early AD (21%)
  3. A diagnosis can cause unnecessary worry (20%)

"Our results show that neurologists regularly see and treat people with MCI, despite the fact that the medications they are prescribing are not FDA-approved for this particular diagnostic category," Roberts said. "Clinicians vary greatly in the education and support they provide or recommend for people with MCI, suggesting that there is a need for practice guidelines in this area. Millions of people can be classified as having MCI, and these numbers are expected to rise in coming years. It is important to establish professional consensus about appropriate care for this population."

According to Roberts, the AAN is currently engaged in an evidence-based medicine review of the literature to develop a new practice parameter for MCI.

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The 2009 Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) brings together more than 3,000 researchers from 70 countries to share groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. As a part of the Association's research program, ICA
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