Italian Frontotemporal Dementia Network (FTD Group-SINDEM): sharing clinical and diagnostic procedures in Frontotemporal Dementia in Italy
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In the prospect of improved disease management and future clinical trials in Frontotemporal Dementia, it is desirable to share common diagnostic procedures. To this aim, the Italian FTD Network, under the aegis of the Italian Neurological Society for Dementia, has been established. Currently, 85 Italian Centers involved in dementia care are part of the network. Each Center completed a questionnaire on the local clinical procedures, focused on (1) clinical assessment, (2) use of neuroimaging and genetics; (3) support for patients and caregivers; (4) an opinion about the prevalence of FTD. The analyses of the results documented a comprehensive clinical and instrumental approach to FTD patients and their caregivers in Italy, with about 1,000 newly diagnosed cases per year and 2,500 patients currently followed by the participating Centers. In analogy to other European FTD consortia, future aims will be devoted to collect data on epidemiology of FTD and its subtypes and to provide harmonization of procedures among Centers.
KeywordsFrontotemporal dementia Frontotemporal lobar degeneration Network Survey Genetics Counseling
This study was supported by grants from the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia (CRPT 2013/0347) to B.N., from Italian Ministry of Health RF-2010-2319722 to S.S. and F.T., from Ricerca Corrente, Italian Ministry of Health to R.G., E.S. and F.T., from Ricerca Finalizzata Italian Ministry of Health RF-2009-1473856 to V.S. and from PRIN 2011 to S.F.C., from Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Parma Res.contracts 2008-2013 Italian Minister of Health RF 2010-2311041 to P.C.
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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
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