Non-pharmacological Interventions in Residents with Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Type of Paper/Work
Clinical research paper
Changes in behavior are common in dementia and can be challenging to address. The purpose of this pilot study was to look at how effective non-pharmacological interventions are in decreasing associated behaviors among residents in a skilled nursing facility. Pharmacological interventions have been the primary method to decreasing these behaviors; however, these interventions may lead to faster disease progression. There is an increased awareness of the potential uses of non-pharmacological treatment for residents with dementia; however, there are challenges that go along with this approach. A set of interview questions was asked to four staff members of a nursing home piloting a non-pharmacological approach. Three main categories emerged from the interviews. These categories include: decision to use the non-pharmacological interventions, alternative interventions used, and the responsiveness to using the interventions. Findings suggest that these non-pharmacological interventions were effective in decreasing problematic behaviors. Findings also suggest the need for continued education and ongoing research involving the topic of using non-pharmacological interventions to treat these behaviors residents with dementia sometimes exhibit.
dementia, non-pharmacological, nursing home, pharmacological behavior, psychological symptoms
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Ray, Kelli, "Non-pharmacological Interventions in Residents with Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia" (2018). Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers. 849.