Alzheimer's "Prevention" vs. "Risk Reduction": Transcending Semantics for Clinical Practice.

TitleAlzheimer's "Prevention" vs. "Risk Reduction": Transcending Semantics for Clinical Practice.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHodes JF, Oakley CI, O'Keefe JH, Lu P, Galvin JE, Saif N, Bellara S, Rahman A, Kaufman Y, Hristov H, Rajji TK, Morgan AMarie Fosn, Patel S, Merrill DA, Kaiser S, Meléndez-Cabrero J, Melendez JA, Krikorian R, Isaacson RS
JournalFront Neurol
Date Published2018

The terms "prevention" and "risk reduction" are often used interchangeably in medicine. There is considerable debate, however, over the use of these terms in describing interventions that aim to and/or of Alzheimer's disease (AD) for patients seeking clinical care. Furthermore, it is important to distinguish between Alzheimer's prevention and Alzheimer's prevention when using these terms. While prior studies have codified research-based criteria for the progressive stages of AD, there are no clear clinical consensus criteria to guide the use of these terms for physicians in practice. A clear understanding of the implications of each term will help guide clinical practice and clinical research. The authors explore the semantics and appropriate use of the terms "prevention" and "risk reduction" as they relate to AD in clinical practice.

Alternate JournalFront Neurol
PubMed ID30719021
PubMed Central IDPMC6348710

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