A Toolkit for Primary Care Teams

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The GSA KAER Toolkit, Fall 2020 Edition, is intended to support primary care teams in implementing a comprehensive approach to initiating conversations about brain health, detecting and diagnosing dementia, and providing individuals with community-based supports. It includes practical approaches, educational resources, and validated clinical tools that teams can integrate into their workflow.




The Toolkit is based on the KAER Model, which consists of four steps: Kickstart, Assess, Evaluate, and Refer.






While the KAER Model was originally developed for the primary care setting, it can be valuable to other health care professionals, educators and students.

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GSA KAER in the News

October 2020: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $500,000, two-year research grant to review, refine, test, and evaluate components of the KAER Model in primary care. The recipient is Dr. Annette Fitzpatrick, Research Professor of Family Medicine at University of Washington and affiliate investigator of UW’s Health Promotion Research Center (a CDC Prevention Research Center). Dr. Fitzpatrick and her team will use the results from this study to provide recommendations for the practical application of the KAER Model and initiate steps for integrating tools into a broader reach of primary care practices within the multi-state UW Medicine network.

AAIC in July 2021: Annette L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, will present on an ongoing quality initiative at the University of Washington based on the KAER Toolkit. The aim of the initiative is to increase and improve timely detection of cognitive impairment across primary care in 15 neighborhood clinics in the Pacific Northwest. Her presentation will describe efforts to promote engagement across multiple stakeholders including health-care system leadership, practice care management, primary care providers (PCPs) and clinic staff.

  • Session Date and Time: Tuesday, July 27, at 9 a.m. MDT
  • Session Name: Dementia Care Practice: Supporting Communities to Deliver Quality Dementia Care
  • Presentation Title: Evaluating a System to Promote Timely Detection of Cognitive Impairment in Primary Care Practice

Inviting User Feedback

We are committed to the continuous improvement of the GSA KAER Toolkit. If you have input for us on the Toolkit’s usability or content, or would like to work with GSA to develop new content and implement the KAER Model, please contact Judit Illes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The 2021 KAER Program is developed by GSA and supported by Eli Lilly and Company and Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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