Treatment for agitation in dementia patients: A behavior management approach

Linda Teri, R. G. Logsdon, M. F. Weiner, C. Trimmer, L. Thal, A. L. Whall, E. Peskind

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Agitation is a crucial problem in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Behaviors such as wandering, physical and verbal aggression, resisting care, and arguing are common and frequently lead to caregiver burnout and patient institutionalization. While clinical suggestions to help caregivers deal with such problems are plentiful, no standardized approach has been published nor are controlled clinical trials available. This article presents a standardized, social-learning-based, behavioral approach to the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia. It describes a multisite, randomized, controlled clinical trial designed to evaluate this approach and illustrates the use of this approach in four cases from three different sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Teri, L., Logsdon, R. G., Weiner, M. F., Trimmer, C., Thal, L., Whall, A. L., & Peskind, E. (1998). Treatment for agitation in dementia patients: A behavior management approach. Psychotherapy, 35(4), 436-443.