Patients with heart failure are sometimes cognitively impaired. This module describes useful methods in screening patients for cognitive impairment, identifying underlying causes and developing a treatment plan. A case study illustrates approaches to communicating findings to patients and families.
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Authors: Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, ARNP
Audience: Clinicians, Students, Clinical Instructors
Run time: Approximately 15 minutes
Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…
- Become familiar with prevalence of cognitive impairment in Heart Failure patients.
- Understand how to screen for cognitive impairment.
- Learn how to administer, score and interpret results of the Mini-Cog™, AD8 and PhQ-2 screening instruments.
- Rule out comorbidities and identify contributing factors that may affect cognition in heart failure such as cardiovascular pathology, medications, or the presence of depression.
- Disclose clinical findings to patients and families.
- Formulate diagnosis, treatment plan and initiating referrals.