Motivations of patients and their care partners for visiting a memory clinic. A qualitative study

Leonie N. C. Visser*, Agnetha Fruijtier, Marleen Kunneman, Femke H. Bouwman, Niki Schoonenboom, Salka S. Staekenborg, Hilje A. Wind, Liesbeth Hempenius, Marlijn H. de Beer, Gerwin Roks, Leo Boelaarts, Mariska Kleijer, Ellen M. A. Smets, Wiesje M. van der Flier

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Objective: We investigated motivations of patients and care partners for their memory clinic visit, and whether these are expressed in consultations. Methods: We included data from 115 patients (age 71 ± 11, 49% Female) and their care partners (N = 93), who completed questionnaires after their first consultation with a clinician. Audio-recordings of these consultations were available from 105 patients. Motivations for visiting the clinic were content-coded as reported by patients in the questionnaire, and expressed by patients and care partners in consultations. Results: Most patients reported seeking a cause for symptoms (61%) or to confirm/exclude a (dementia) diagnosis (16%), yet 19% reported another motivation: (more) information, care access, or treatment/advice. In the first consultation, about half of patients (52%) and care partners (62%) did not express their motivation(s). When both expressed a motivation, these differed in about half of dyads. A quarter of patients (23%) expressed a different/complementary motivation in the consultation, then reported in the questionnaire. Conclusion: Motivations for visiting a memory clinic can be specific and multifaceted, yet are often not addressed during consultations. Practice implications: We should encourage clinicians, patients, and care partners to talk about motivations for visiting the memory clinic, as a starting point to personalize (diagnostic) care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107693
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023

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