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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 (2013) 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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Pick of the Month

Resident Success Stories

We are Detectives: care teams come together to improve lives of vulnerable seniors (YouTube)

Archived Success Stories

About Us

AUA Project Background and Acknowledgements

Contact Us

For further information:
aua@ahs.ca

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