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Evidence-based management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia 

Evidence-based management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
Chapter:
Evidence-based management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine (3 edn)
Author(s):

Anne Corbett

, Clive Ballard

, and Byron Creese

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0131

Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They include agitation, aggression, psychosis and depression, and can cause great distress for the individual and their caregivers. Dementia represents a considerable challenge for treatment and care due to the complex needs of people with the condition. Management of BPSD is particularly challenging due to the lack of effective pharmacological treatments, and current clinical guidance is complex. This chapter outlines the causes and impacts of BPSD in people with AD. In particular, it explores the evidence supporting the use of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and the role they play in the prevention and treatment of BPSD.

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