Evaluation of an instrument for management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. [ 2010 - 2014 ]

Also known as: Causes of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: Evaluation of an instrument for use by aged care staff.

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Researchers: A/Pr Michael Bird Dr Tanya Davison Prof David Mellor Prof Kuruvilla George (Participant) Prof Marita Mccabe (Principal investigator)

Brief description Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) distress the patient and others. The behaviours, and not the underlying causes, are often treated with antipsychotics, despite side effects and low efficacy. An assessment instrument for care staff to determine and address causes of BPSD will be implemented. We predict training will reduce inappropriate prescribing and other reasons for distress. Where medication is required, detailed information will assist more targeted prescribing.

Funding Amount $AUD 598,468.04

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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