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Decision Tree for Alzheimer’s DiseaseWalden UniversityNURS 6521N-27 Advanced PharmacologyOctober 25, 2020Decision Tree for the Treatment of a Patient with Alzheimer Disease
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive and irreversible disease that manifests in the form thatpresents the individual in a strange way than expected, evidenced by progressive memory loss,alterations in thoughts with neuropsychiatric symptoms, and inability to complete activities of daily living(Rosenthal &Burchum, 2021). The disease risk factors are old age, family history, and female gender, withonset at about sixty-five years old (Rosenthal &Burchum, 2021). This paper summarizes a case study of apatient with AD, including a decision for the patients' treatment regimen and whether the chosentreatment decisions are supported by evidence-based literature (EBL) and explanations of any differencein the expected outcome and the results of the conclusion in the exercise.Summary of patient Case StudyThis case study involves a 76-year-old Iranian male patient whose family reported worseningstrange thoughts and behavior for the past two years. The stated strange thoughts and behavior includeloss of interest in activities, forgetfulness, tangential statements, and not remembering the right word touse instead shifts to an entirely new conversation line, strange thoughts, and behavior (LaureateEducation, 2019). Confabulation was noted in various memory tests; Mini-Mental State Exam is 18 out of30, revealing deficits in orientation, registration, attention, calculation, and recall suggesting moderatedementia. Subsequent assessments show moderate signs of dementia without psychotic orschizophrenic features (Laureate Education, 2019). The presumptive diagnosis is Major neurocognitivedisorder due to AD disease dementia (Laureate Education, 2019).