My last few reports from the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Symposium were about the symptoms seen in people with MCI and the conditions that may underlie it. These are researchers' views. But what do patients think about MCI?
There were no patients or family members at the Symposium, but two presentations began to deal with that question. The first, by Brian Carpenter, Associate Professor of Psychology at Washington University, was about disclosing a diagnosis of dementia. Dr. Carpenter and his colleagues (including Alexandra Zaleta, a graduate student pictured here with Dr. Carpenter at the MCI Symposium) have been examining how doctors tell patients and families about a diagnosis, and what patients and families hear. You can find details of his presentation in the latest report from the MCI Symposium.