Frontotemporal Dementia: Identification and Management

Leah Wilfong, MS, AGPCNP-BC; Nancy E. Edwards, PhD, ANP-BC; Karen S. Yehle, PhD, FAHA; Karla Ross, MSN, ANP


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2016;12(4):277-282. 

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Policy Implications

The burden of early recognition of symptoms and accurate diagnosis of FTD weighs heavily on primary care providers. An early diagnosis will aid families in understanding the changes in behavior, personality, and any employment or legal trouble that may result from the behaviors frequently associated with FTD. An increasing lack of access to mental health care may result in increasing stress as families attempt to cope and provide the needed care. Long-term care facilities are often reluctant to take younger patients exhibiting the social and behavioral symptoms seen in FTD due to their inability to appropriately handle these "difficult patients." Increased awareness of FTD in the community and in long-term care facilities may provide greater acceptance, more access to care, and a safer and more harmonious living environment.