Project ECHO® Dementia

Welcome to the Memory and Brain Wellness Center Clinic's Project ECHO Dementia (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program. Hosted at the Memory Hub, Project ECHO Dementia is a learning model in which front-line care providers from around WA State meet in a web-based virtual conference room with an interdisciplinary panel of experts in memory loss and dementia. A brief 15-minute didactic is followed by an hour of case-based learning where everyone at the table is both a teacher and a learner.

All Primary and Allied care providers are welcome. If you support patients living with memory loss or dementia, there is a place for you at the table. To find out more or to sign up, please contact Allyson Schrier, Program Coordinator: allysons@uw.edu

 

 

How Do I Participate?

To sign up or subscribe to our ECHO mailing list, please contact Allyson Schrier, Program Coordinator: allysons@uw.edu

Already a Participant?

 Sign up to Deliver a Case Presentation at an upcoming ECHO session

VIew All Recorded Project ECHO® Dementia Presentations

2022 Didactics Schedule

 

Introductory Topics: The first ten didactics of 2022 are designed as core curriculum to provide those new to our ECHO program with a basic framework of Dementia Best Practices.

1/14/22  - ECHO Introduction. Diseases causing dementia, masquerading conditions and red flags

1/28/22 - Dementia prevention and modifiable risk reduction

2/11/22  - Assessment and diagnosis of dementia

2/25/22  - Managing comorbidities/coordinating care/delirium risk and prevention

3/11/22  - Non-pharmacological dementia treatment

3/25/22  - Pharmaceuticals typically associated with dementia treatment; approaches for behavioral management

4/8/22  - Dealing with difficult behaviors

4/22/22  - Advance Care Planning

5/13/22 - Community Resources

5/27/22 - Palliative Care/end of life issues

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6/10/22 - Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's Disease Risk and Resilience

6/24/22 - Evaluation and Management of Pain in Dementia

7/8/22 - Decline in Adults with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability; Concerns for Dementia

7/22/22 - Denial of Diagnosis

8/12/22 - NO ECHO SESSION 

8/26/22 - Elder Abuse

9/9/22 - Depression/demotivation that is unresponsive to antidepressant treatment

9/23/22 - Fall Prevention: Promoting safe ambulation

10/14/22 - Visual impairment and dementia - assessment, maintaining eye health, resources

10/28/22 - TBA

11/18/22- Palliative Care

12/9/22 - Diet -- A solution focused exploration about how to help people switch to healthier option

Didactics, case discussions & ongoing mentoring help participants master:

> Best practices around prevention and risk reduction, early detection and diagnosis, communicating a diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, deprescribing, management of comorbidities and behavioral symptoms.

> Billing code accuracy to ensure efficient documentation and appropriate compensation.

> Advance care planning guidelines, managing care transitions, family resources & supports.

 

 

Our interdisciplinary team of specialists

Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD. Neuropsychologist, Associate Professor of Neurology, UW, ECHO Co-Lead

Nancy Isenberg, MD, MPH, FAAN. Neurologist, Swedish Neuroscience Institute, UW Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, UW ECHO Co-Lead

Karen Clay, MSW. Clinical Social Worker, Memory and Brain Wellness Center, UW

Kimiko Domoto Reilly, MD. Neurologist, Assistant Professor Neurology, UW

Barak Gaster, MD. General Internal Medicine, Professor of Medicine, UW

Trang Le, PharmD. Pharmacist, Overlake Senior Health Clinics, Overlake Hospital

Carolyn Parsey, PhD. Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor of Neurology, UW

Mimi Pattison, MD, FAAHPM. Regional Medical Director, CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care

 

Clinics, providers, patients and their families all benefit

CLINICS improve workflow, charge capture and efficiency.

PROVIDERS master complexity, benefit from peer engagement, earn up to 30 CMEs.

PATIENTS receive improved access to expert care locally, avoid costly trips to specialists.

 

QUESTIONS

When do sessions take place?

Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 12:15pm-1:30pm.

 

How often do I have to attend, and do I need to present cases?

All participants are encouraged to present one case per month.

 

What if I have follow-up questions?

Case presenters are welcome to reach out to Drs. Rhoads and Isenberg via email or cell phone at any time to follow up on specifics of the presented case.