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Building Hope - Reaching Out to Physicians

04/01/2009

Physicians play a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of those with Lewy body dementia (LBD). Often, families learn about LBD only after a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease by a neurologist. The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) recognizes the importance of providing essential resources and services to physicians treating those with LBD. This year, our Physician Outreach Initiative is offering information and resources to thousands of doctors across the United States in a new way.

In March 2009, nearly 3,000 general practitioners across the country received LBDA’s latest publication, An Introduction to Lewy Body Dementia. This mailing was made possible by a grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and the time and talents of students from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, who spent hours stuffing the envelopes that general practitioners received.

Later this year, more than 12,000 neurologists in the United States will receive information on LBD and LBDA’s services. Neurologists will be invited to contact LBDA for additional information and resources on LBD to share with their patients. This effort has been made possible by a grant from the Lewy Body Committee, a subcommittee of the Turner Family Foundation.

The 2009 Physician Outreach Initiative is one of the ways that the LBDA is building hope for a new future. Help us build hope. Would you like to learn how you can share information on LBD with your physician? Are you a physician who would like to order materials for your practice? Contact us by e-mail today.