Nonpharmacological approaches for depression in dementia

Project Investigators Dr. Claire Burley, Kim Burns, Prof. Henry Brodaty AO


Program Overview:

Depression is a common psychological symptom associated with dementia and is distressing for carers and family members as well as for affected individuals. Depression is associated with reduced quality of life and carer well-being. Pharmacological approaches are often used to treat depression despite two large negative trials of efficacy.

We are systematically reviewing the literature to consider statistical and clinical meaningfulness of nonpharmacological (i.e. psychosocial) approaches that reduce symptoms of depression in people living with dementia. We are also looking at differences between residential care and community settings, and sustained effects at long-term follow-up.

This project was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Satellite Symposium, Sydney 2019.