Title

Non-pharmacological Interventions in Residents with Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2018

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

David Roseborough

Abstract

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.

Keywords

dementia, non-pharmacological, nursing home, pharmacological behavior, psychological symptoms

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