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Relieving Caregiver Burden Through Evidence-Based Treatment for Dementia-Related Psychosis

Clive Ballard, MBChB, MMedSci, MRCPsych, MD,a and Dag Aarsland, MD, PhDb

Published: July 6, 2021

Dementia-related psychosis (DRP), which includes delusions and hallucinations, contributes to patient and caregiver burden of dementia. Delusions and hallucinations occur in all forms of dementia and at all stages. Certain tactics should be used when talking with patients and their care partners, and some evidence can be shared that may relieve some of the distress of DRP. When treating symptoms of DRP, clinicians should follow guidelines recommendations, such as using medication only if the patient or others are in severe distress or danger and starting with low doses. Long-term treatment is not recommended. Novel antipsychotics or alternative agents may offer superior efficacy and safety compared with standard atypical antipsychotics, but more evidence-based treatment options are needed.

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To cite: Ballard C, Aarsland D. Relieving caregiver burden through evidence-based treatment for dementia-related psychosis. J Clin Psychiatry 2021;82(4):AD19038AH5C
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aUniversity of Exeter College of Medicine and Health, United Kingdom
bNational Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, United Kingdom

Volume: 82

Quick Links: Dementia , Geriatric , Neurologic and Neurocognitive , Psychotic Disorders


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