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Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: a literature review of psychosocial treatments and the identification of further research topics regarding treatment effectiveness and implementation

Prof Daniel O'Connor
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Monash University
Project Description

The behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) include anxiety, depression, psychosis and behavioural changes such as agitation, resistiveness, aggression, pacing and calling out. These behaviours are stressful to carers and greatly increase the likelihood that people with dementia will be admitted to residential care. Many nursing, psychological and behavioural strategies (called psychosocial treatments here in contrast to pharmacological treatments) have been developed but research regarding their efficacy and effectiveness is limited and often of poor qaulity.

The purpose of this project was to review the existing literature, identify high quality research publications and condense their findings in a systematic fashion.

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