Year: January 1, 1970 - June 1, 2012
Partners The Australian Government as represented by the Department of Social Services (DSS); Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS)
This project is part of the BPSD Guide – Development, Dissemination and Evaluation program. The Guide is part of the suite of resources, including apps and companion guides, which can be accessed on the Program Resource Page.
Background to this project:
In 2011 the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) funded DCRC-ABC to develop the document: Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The aim of this Guide is to support clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons with dementia, who present with BPSD.
The BPSD Guide provides a comprehensive evidence and practice-based overview of BPSD management principles with practical strategies and interventions to assist in the management of behaviours that can present in dementia. Additional considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background are also included. The empirical evidence contained in the BPSD Guide, in combination with clinical expertise may assist in achieving improved outcomes for people with dementia.
- A description of the behaviour or psychological symptom and how it presents in dementia
- Differential diagnosis
- Measuring the behaviour or psychological symptom
- Effects on the person with dementia and others living with them or involved in providing care
- Results from the literature search
- Management strategies and the quality of the supporting evidence available for specific interventions for the BPSD
- Psychosocial and environmental interventions
- Biological interventions
- Limitations of the evidence presented
In order to illustrate the information presented in the specific BPSD modules, each includes an example of a brief clinical scenario encompassing presentation, assessment and strategies/outcomes.
The BPSD Guide is supported by eight appendices (links below) which are available in electronic format only.