Managing behavioral disturbances in a patient with dementia

Laura M. Struble, Mary C. Blazek, Helen C. Kales

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A 92-year-old patient with Parkinson disease and dementia provides an opportunity for the advanced practice registered nurse to shift thinking about behavioral disturbances in dementia, away from controlling behavior with pharmacologic approaches, such as antipsychotics, toward understanding behavior by applying the nonpharmacologic Describe, Investigate, Create, and Evaluate method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Practitioner
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Dementia
  • DICE method
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Nonpharmacologic interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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