Research Study: Non-pharmacological interventions for the management of behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)

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Researchers at the Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre, the University of South Australia, are working on a research project to improve BPSD in Australian residential aged care homes (RACHs).

Despite strong evidence on the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions in the management of BPSD, and recommendations as first line options by guidelines, their implementation is still not optimal. A new research project is aiming to survey and assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of frontline staff in residential aged-care homes towards non-pharmacological interventions.

The survey is designed to be completed by physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and caregivers who are involved in the management of BPSD in residential aged care homes in Australia. The questionnaire has been reviewed by consultants from Dementia Support Australia and piloted on researchers in the University of South Australia and professionals working in residential aged care facilities. The survey has been ethically approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the University of South Australia.

If you would like to participate in the research via the online survey, please visit: