C228 - Assessment and Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Neurocognitive Disorders

Event Time: Friday April 28, 2017 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Topic(s): Aging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology
Director(s): Daniel Kaufer MD, FAAN
Description: This course will outline practical, systematic approaches to assessing and managing neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurocognitive disorders. Neuropsychiatric symptoms reflect cerebral dysfunction across a wide range of cortical and subcortical networks. They represent core features of dementia with Lewy bodies and behavioral variant frontotemporal degeneration, and may be prominent co-morbidities in Alzheimer's disease and other neurocognitive disorders. Faculty will review the spectrum of neuropsychiatric disturbances seen in neurocognitive disorders, discuss practical clinical assessment techniques based on informant report, and outline a systematic approach to management including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Faculty will review case vignettes encouraging audience participation in highlighting interventional approaches to common neuropsychiatric symptoms such as apathy, agitation, anxiety and mood symptoms, delusions and hallucinations, motor hyperactivity and repetitive behaviors, and vegetative signs. The target audience is clinical providers who manage patients with neurocognitive disorders in out-patient and residential care facilities.
Completion Message: Participants should be able to efficiently identify and assess common neuropsychiatric symptoms; develop a systematic approach to formulating a flexible, comprehensive treatment plan; select appropriate pharmacological therapies for specific target symptoms to ensure safety, improve quality of life, and minimize patient and caregiver distress; better understand possible iatrogenicity and minimize risks associated with polypharmacy; and become familiar with behavioral modification techniques and utilize community resources for caregiver education and support.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism

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