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AMDA's 32nd Annual Symposium


B26 - Managing the Difficult "D's" in Long Term Care: An Evidence-Based Approach to Dementia and Difficult Behaviors


Mar 6, 2009 3:30pm ‐ Mar 6, 2009 5:00pm

Standard: $24.00

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AMDCP Credit Designation:

This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).

The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Presenter(s): Cari Levy, MD,CMD

Disclosure(s):
Cari Levy, MD, CMD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Session Description:
This session presents recent data on the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat patients with dementia and provides case studies to illustrate alternative approaches to the management of difficult behaviors associated with dementia.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the risks associated with use of antipsychotic therapy inolder adults with dementia
  • Perform a comprehensive assessment of long term care residents toidentify potential triggers of difficult behaviors
  • Identify non-pharmacologic approaches to difficult behaviors
  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach to management of dementia anddifficult behaviors
References:
Buhr GT et al. Difficult behaviors in long-term care patientswith dementia. JAMDA. 2006; 7: 180-193.
Rochon PA et al. Antipsychotic therapy and short-term seriousevents in older adults with dementia. Arch Intern Med 2008; 168: 1090-1096.
Qaseem A et al. Current pharmacologic treatment of dementia.Arch Intern Med 2008; 148:379.
Stefanacci R et al. Evidence-based treatment of behavioralproblems in patients with dementia. Annals LTC. 2008; 33-25.

Speaker(s):

  • Cari R. Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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