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Behavioral Consultation for Elderly Care Setting Residents with Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: A Pilot Study

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  • Ishikawa Ai
    Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Ono Hiroshi
    Graduate School of Education, Hyogo University of Teacher Education
  • Yamanaka Katsuo
    Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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  • 介護現場における認知症の行動・心理症状に関する行動コンサルテーションの効果—予備的介入—

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<p>Staff training based on applied behavioral analysis is generally recommended highly as an intervention for people with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). However, such training is often difficult in elderly care settings in Japan, because staff members are busy with routine care and have complicated work shifts. As an alternate method, the present preliminary study examined effects of consultation based on applied behavioral analysis, that is, behavioral consultation. The participants were 3 people with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia who were living in a residential home and staff members at that home. A multiple baseline design across participants was used for the staff members, and an ABA design for the clients. In all cases, all target behaviors improved after staff members followed individual intervention plans. This suggests that behavioral consultation may be effective for improving the behavioral and psychological symptoms of people in elderly care settings who have been diagnosed with dementia.</p>

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