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Friday, June 14, 2013

Alternatives to antipsychotic medication: Psychological approaches in managing psychological and behavioural distress in people with dementia

Similar to the guide released by the BC Care Providers Association last week, this briefing paper written by The British Psychological Society (BPS) discusses what steps need to be taken to limit the use of anti-psychotics for persons with dementia.

In the paper, BPS has created a four step care model to encourage the implementation of behavioural interventions.  The first step is to assess and identify the diagnosis; step 2 is about understanding the person and determining what kinds of environmenta would best be suitable for him/her; step 3 looks at examples of behavioural interventions and the final step discusses behavioural interventions for more advanced cases.

For more information and to read the document, please click here.

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