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.
MD, PhD, CMD,
Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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