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New International Survey Reveals Multiple Barriers to an Accurate and Timely Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis
Date:9/19/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced results from the International Alzheimer's Disease Physician Survey of nearly 1,000 physicians that assessed physician attitudes and beliefs on the barriers to a formal Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. The survey, in recognition of World Alzheimer's Day (September 21, 2012),1 was conducted by Adelphi Research, on behalf of Lilly, in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), France, Italy and Japan.2

Nearly half of all physicians surveyed (45 percent) 2 from the five participating countries responded that Alzheimer's disease is "often" misdiagnosed, with nearly half (48 percent) indicating the diagnosis "always" or "often" occurs too late to intervene in a meaningful way. 2 Lack of definitive tests, lack of communication between patients and/or caregivers and physicians, and patient denial, were cited as the most common barriers perceived by physicians as impacting their ability to make a formal Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, according to the survey results.2  

Additionally, physicians surveyed agreed that there are several advantages of an earlier diagnosis among Alzheimer's disease patients, including initiating treatment as soon as possible in an effort to slow progression of functional and cognitive impairment before they worsened, and allowing more time for patients and caregivers to adjust and prepare for the future. 2 The latter was found to be most important to physicians who took part in the survey in the US (85 percent) and UK (83 percent).2 Physicians surveyed also acknowledged several disadvantages, including the news of an incurable disease to patients and family and the potential for isolation from other relatives and friends.2

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