Goodkin appointed to group addressing dementia

Karl Goodkin

JOHNSON CITY (May 6, 2015) – Dr. Karl Goodkin, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on a work group for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Psychiatric Association.

As part of the Dementia Update Measure Development Work Group, Goodkin will help update a previously developed dementia measurement set that aims to identify and define quality measures toward improving outcomes for patients with dementia.

Members of the group will develop measures that address desired outcomes and gaps in care while ensuring the measures are of high quality, valid and able to be implemented.

“I am looking forward to being a part of this group becaue I have been working with patients that have experiences HIV-associated dementia and other related HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I served at the Frascati Conference, which was charged with modifying the former AAN criteria of 1991 for HAND, published in Neurology in 2007” Goodkin said. “It is critical to develop targeted outcomes for specific forms of dementia – in terms of laboratory measures, neuroimaging changes and neurocognitive tests. It is also important to systematically assess functional status and quality of life for specific treatment performance targets.”

This month, Goodkin will attend a webinar that will provide an overview of current measures and work group responsibilities. From there, he will travel to Chicago in June for a meeting where the group will begin its work.

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