Talking Medication: Looking at the person, not only the symptom
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Join Colm and an expert panel in their discussion of the appropriate use of medication in the treatment of behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia. This conversation is framed within the acknowledgment that medication is often used inappropriately in dementia care and notes how in the treatment of behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia nonpharmacological interventions are the 'gold standard'. Within this, the panel shares their considerations on when the use of psychotropic medications are appropriate and the importance of tailoring medications to the individual, and treatment of specific symptoms.
Members of this panel include; Associate Professor Steve MacFarlane, geriatric psychiatrist, and Head of Clinical Services at The Dementia Centre, Professor Susan Kurrle, geriatrician at Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital and Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People at the University of Sydney, and John Nadjarian, Special Care Manager at Linden Cottage, HammondCare.
This episode is sponsored by Dementia Support Australia (DSA).
There are the Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia and the Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers guidelines to facilitate understanding of advice for the care of those living with dementia.
Research that underpins the discussion includes:
- When responsive and reactive meet organic? Treatment implications of language use in the era of #BanBPSD
- Evaluating the clinical impact of national dementia behaviour support programs on neuropsychiatric outcomes in Australia
- The use of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia, Time for action.
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