IntroductionPeople with dementia can develop a wide range of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), which arise in 90% of dementia patients at some point in their course and are common in care homes. BPSD are an important source of psychological distress and care burden for caregivers. At most of the residential aged care facilities in Japan, there are few doctors and/or nurses specializing in dementia care. Thus, BPSD can easily become a problematic issue at care facilities.Various interventions for alleviating the burden of caring for dementia patients have been studied. A meta‐analysis showed that psychosocial intervention can reduce psychological morbidity among caregivers. More recently, it was shown that a psychoeducational program targeting the burden of caregivers can minimize their distress.Our research team previously edited and published printed educational material (PEM) for caregivers in Japan. The purpose of our Guidelines for Initial Coping with BPSD is to provide methods of managing BPSD at care faculties soon after the onset of such symptoms.The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention using the Guidelines for reducing stress induced by BPSD among caregivers working at Japanese long‐term care facilities without medical specialists and/or registered nurses.MethodsDesignThis was
Geriatrics & Gerontology International – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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