Neuropsychology for Physicians

Better Patient Care

Patients with even mild levels of cognitive impairment present unique treatment challenges to physicians, such as difficulty following important medical recommendations

Stay current on patients' neurocognitive status

Delaying or missing a neurocognitive diagnosis can have long term consequences, including:

  • Missed opportunities to treat reversible etiology or delay disease progression
  • Increased patient and caregiver burden

In primary care settings especially, dementia diagnosis runs a risk of being delayed or missed all together (NIH study: Bradford et al., 2010) due to:

  • Provider worry about stigmatizing effect of a dementia label
  • Lack of confidence in usefulness of early diagnosis
  • Discomfort discussing issues of cognitive impairment with patients/families

A Neuropsychologist can help

Neuropsychologists can detect even mild levels of cognitive dysfunction, eliminating diagnostic guesswork, particularly when symptoms are subtle, ill-defined, vague, or inconsistent.

  • We help identify etiology and likely prognosis for cognitive concerns to help guide treatment
  • We can deliver difficult or confusing news to patients about their cognition