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Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) Toolkit

For Care Teams

Seniors SCN

The Alberta Guideline on the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotic (AUA) Medications (2016) and accompanying resources provide health care professionals with direction regarding assessment and management of responsive behaviours associated with dementia.

The AUA Toolkit Working Group reviews all resources, and will continue to identify promising and leading practices for the Toolkit.

The AUA project is sponsored by the Seniors Health SCN in collaboration with the Addiction and Mental Health SCN.

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    Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA)

    Provincial Guideline

    Clinical information for Care Teams

    Clinical Information for Prescribers and Pharmacists

    Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and Dementia – Advisories, Warnings and Recalls for Health Professionals

    Side-Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics

    Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia (BPSD)

    AHS Consent to Treatment

    Responsive Behaviours: Assessment & Care Planning

    Clinical Resources for Care Staff

    Responsive Behaviour Assessment and Tracking

    Recommended Reading

    • Dementia Beyond Drugs by G. Allen Power. How to reduce or eliminate the use of psychotropic medications in dementia.
    • The Person-Centred Way by James H. Collins
    • Hearing The Person with Dementia by Bernie McCarthy - techniques for communicating with people who can no longer speak or move easily
    Responsive Behaviour Prevention: Dementia Friendly Environments
    Involving Families in AUA

    Introduction

    Discussions with Families/Alternate Decision Makers: AUA Quality Improvement Projects

    Recommended Resources

    Meaningful Activities
    Quality Improvement (QI) Project: Reduce Antipsychotics

    Clinical Resources for Care Staff

    Clinical Resources for Prescribers and Pharmacists

    Quality Improvement Strategies and Tools

    Getting Started:

    Build Awareness:

    Create Desire:

    Develop Knowledge and Ability:

    Reinforce Change

    QI Project: Prevent Delirium on Dementia

    Clinical Resources for Care Staff

    Clinical Resources for Prescribers and Pharmacists

    Information to Share with Families

    Quality Improvement Strategies and Tools

    QI Project: Support Sleep in Dementia

    Clinical Resources for Care Staff

    Clinical Resources for Prescribers & Pharmacists

    Information to Share with Families

    Quality Improvement Strategies and Tools

    Dementia Education Resources

    For best viewing of the videos and learning modules, copy and paste the url into Google Chrome.

    Interactive Learning Modules

    Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA):

    Alzheimer Society Ontario

    Videos

    Dementia Resources