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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BC BPSD Algorithm

The BC BPSD Algorithm is an online, interactive tool (and mobile friendly) to support the person-centered care of persons with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.  The tool is evidence-based, and is intended to be used in conjunction with the BC Best Practice Guide for Accommodating and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Residential Care: A person-centered interdisciplinary approach, released in 2012.  It is a decision aid and assessment tool with a focus on non-pharmacological and appropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in long-term care. It can be used by long-term care staff including physicians, nurses and allied health personnel. 
The tool is separated into 2 parts. Part one consists of an interdisciplinary decisional aid for clinical assessment; problem solving; and care planning and evaluation.  Part two is a reassessment tool for family physicians and nurse practitioners, including: clinical assessment; medication options; and care planning and evaluation.  Throughout the assessments there are tools that can be downloaded and printed for individual care plans.
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