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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Event44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conf 2015 - Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015


Conference44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conf 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


Two-thirds of people with dementia live at home and many experience non-cognitive behavioural and
psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) or distressing behaviour. This paper reports findings from a
systematic review of the literature about this subject. Its unique feature is that our focus was on older people
with dementia living in their own homes and not care homes.
We reviewed qualitative and quantitative evidence concerning non-pharmacological interventions to minimise
BPSD and improve outcomes for people with dementia and their family carers. We then evaluated the
evidence from the perspectives of people with dementia, family carers (including people from Black and
Minority Ethnic groups), service providers and commissioners. We employed a two stage co-design for an indepth
systematic review integrated with focus groups and interviews with stakeholders .
We retrieved around 16,000 records from searching electronic databases (January 2000-May 2014) and lateral
searches, and identified relevant qualitative (over 50) and quantitative (over 60) studies targeting community
dwelling people with dementia and carers for inclusion in the evidence synthesis.
This paper presents findings from three sources of data: 1) What is the evidence on the effectiveness of
different types of interventions on managing BPSD? 2) What are the perspectives of people with dementia and
carers on this subject? 3) What are the key concerns of stakeholders? We will discuss methodological
challenges and stakeholders’ views and will make recommendations for service providers and researchers.


Daksha Trivedi, Andreas Braun, Angela Dickinson, Heather Gage, Laura Hamilton, Claire Goodman, Kunle Ashaye, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, ‘Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with dementia and their carers living at home - A mixed methods evidence synthesis’, abstract presented at the 44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference, Newcastle, UK, 1-3 July, 2015.

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