This course summarises current evidence-based information regarding the introduction, management and withdrawal of antipsychotic medication use for responsive behaviour, when all other non-drug strategies have been unsuccessful.
A case study and short film snippets are used to illustrate how aged care teams are able to use specific DTA resources to implement current recommendations regarding these medications. The learner’s understanding of the program’s content is evaluated throughout using interactive activities.
The program is divided into three steps:
Step one: Dementia and responsive behaviours A brief review of dementia and responsive behaviours, and appropriate support options for a person with dementia who is experiencing responsive behaviours.
Step two: Optimising antipsychotic medication management of responsive behaviours A description of DTA medication management resources that may be used within residential aged care facilities to optimise use of antipsychotic medication management for residents experiencing responsive behaviours. A case study illustrates where medications may be useful in the care of a person with dementia who is experiencing a responsive behaviour. The step also discusses potential benefits and risks, including situations where medications are and are not appropriate.
Step three: Starting and stopping antipsychotic medication Continuing with the case study, this step describes a possible process to start, monitor and withdraw an antipsychotic medication for a responsive behaviour when all non-drug measures have been unsuccessful.
By completing this course, participants will be able to:
Describe Responsive Behaviours and current evidence-based recommendations to support a person with dementia who is experiencing responsive behaviours
Utilise DTA resources to assist with the optimisation of medication management of responsive behaviours
Identify beneficial and detrimental effects associated with antipsychotic medications when used for responsive behaviours
Primary Learner Setting
Residential aged care
Content may also be relevant to or suitable for community care and other: University VET or Research Institute
Target Learner Occupations
Allied Health Professionals e.g. pharmacists
Aged care workers e.g. medication competent care workers
Continuing Professional Education Statement
Completion of this course provides 1 hour of professional education – a certificate of completion will be issued after satisfactory course completion which will include passing an online knowledge quiz.
Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, funded by the Australian Government.
This eLearning program was developed by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia.
The following people are specifically acknowledged for their contribution:
Bronwen Wright, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist Officer, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
Katrina Fyfe, Manager, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
Andrew Stafford, Director, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
Kate Fulford, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist Officer, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
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