Investigators: Maya E. O'Neil, PhD; Michele Freeman, MPH; Vivian Christensen, PhD; Robin Telerant, MD Ashlee Addleman, MPH; Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR
Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center Portland VA Medical Center
Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; March 2011.
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In 2004, the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Planning estimated that the total number of Veterans with dementia would be as high as 563,758 in FY 2010. The VHA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (OGEC) in Patient Care Services has primary responsibility for coordination and direction of VHA dementia initiatives. OGEC convened an interdisciplinary Dementia Steering Committee (DSC) in December 2006, with the goal of making recommendations on comprehensive, coordinated care for Veterans with dementia.
The DSC requested VA HSR&D's Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) to review evidence on selected topics, in order to assist with DSC planning efforts. This evidence review addresses the following questions:
Cyber Seminar on ESP Report: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia
A Synthesis of the Evidence: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia (VA HSR&D Management e-Brief)