Dementia-Related Psychosis

It is estimated that over 2 million Americans with dementia experience delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear). This group of symptoms, known as dementia-related psychosis, may cause significant distress to individuals and their families. Although common, the condition frequently goes undetected in people who may be struggling with other complex behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies to Address Barriers to Care Across Settings

Dementia Related Psychosis Strategies to Address Barriers to Care Across Settings 1GSA’s February 2021 white paper identifies challenges that persons with dementia-related psychosis and their caregivers encounter as they move through different health care settings. The challenges and strategies to address them are based on input from experts in primary care, neurology, geriatric psychiatry, and nursing. Proposed strategies include improving communication about dementia-related psychosis with persons with dementia and their families, developing new educational initiatives to support primary care teams, and enhancing approaches to care coordination among primary and specialty care through telehealth and new models of care.

Dementia-Related Psychosis: Gaps and Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care

dementiarelatedpsychosis2019 1GSA’s August 2019 report brings attention to the need for greater awareness of dementia-related psychosis within the medical community and better support for those affected. Currently, there is no consensus in the medical community on how to diagnose dementia-related psychosis, which is clinically distinct from psychosis in other disorders (e.g., schizophrenia). Documentation and coding of the condition are also not standardized, making it difficult to identify, monitor and appropriately manage symptoms. This publication seeks to fill a gap in the available literature by summarizing best practices for treating dementia-related psychosis and proposing improvements to advance quality of care.


Share This Page!

Print Page