Dec 1, 2008
AIMS AND METHOD A questionnaire survey of all memory clinics in Scotland to obtain information about clinic characteristics, assessment techniques and prescribing practice. RESULTS Memory clinics are a common component of old age psychiatry services within Scotland. There is variability in clinic characteristics, assessment techniques and treatment approaches. Most clinicians appear to rely on their own clinical judgement rather than national guidelines when making decisions about investigations and the prescription of anti-dementia medications. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS There is considerable variation in memory clinic practice across the country. Would standardisation of practice ensure equity in service provision/patient care? However, would such standardisation be at the cost of clinical autonomy?