Often we can take our brain for granted, not realising the actions we take, or don’t take, can have an impact on the short or long term health of our brain.
If I identify evidence that can improve the health of individuals or the health care system, is 17 years too long to wait for this evidence to start changing lives? There is an extended gap between when evidence about health improvement is identified, and when it starts to be systematically integrated into the health care system. This is a challenge for scientists.
In a recent project, carried out in partnership with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, I asked General Practitioners and Registered Nurses working in General Practice (primary practice) what they thought would be a useful practical way to increase the utilisation of current evidence available in relation to dementia risk reduction.