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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Psychosis in Dementia - Pharmacotherapy

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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Psychosis in Dementia - Pharmacotherapy

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Nina Vadiei PharmD, Jeannie Lee, PharmD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
22004
Date Posted: 
11/12/2018
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
05/22/2018
Abstract: 

Psychosis in Dementia - Pharmacotherapy is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. State indications for antipsychotic pharmacotherapy of patients with dementia who experience psychotic symptoms
  2. Identify the most common adverse effects of antipsychotic medications and the drugs most likely to cause them
  3. Identify which older adults patients are at highest risk of experiencing side effects from antipsychotic drug therapy
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”.
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Psychosis in Dementia - Pharmacotherapy. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/22004