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An App for the Evidence Based Treatment of Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

The University of Illinois released an iOS App for the Evidence Based Treatment of Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia. The description of the apps reads as follows:

mzl.kczhqzzc.320x480-75 (1)This program was developed as a collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team consisting of advanced practice nurses, neurologists, geriatricians, gero-pharmacists, and clinical researchers in dementia care. Relevant research findings were used to identify and support the steps in the assessment and treatment of behavioral symptoms associated with dementia, providing an evidence-based treatment algorithm. This algorithm is intended to be used by all levels of care providers (MDs, PAs, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Registered Nurses) and across care settings, including community and institutional settings, to improve quality of care and treatment outcomes. This algorithm may also be useful to allied health professionals, such as social workers and physical, occupational, and recreational therapists.

The iMedicalApps Team reviewed the app giving it 3.8 from 5 possible stars. As pro and cons the reviewers name:

Likes

  • Guidelines include tons of valuable information.
  • Each guideline is cited with references. All of the references have hyperlinks that open up in a browser.
  • Full map of algorithm makes it easier to get a big picture of the guideline.
  • Contact page with email address to give feedback and suggestions.

Dislikes

  • Navigation buttons could be improved to make use easier.
  • There is no version of the algorithm that can be downloaded.
  • There is no search option to go back to or find information.

The iMedicalApps Team concludes that the app can be useful for any healthcare provider that is involved in the care or patients with dementia because

  • The app provides medical care providers a useful resource that can be used as a guide while taking care of patients with the behavioral symptoms of dementia.
  • The app also has cited references that can be looked up for more information directly from the app.

The free app can be downloaded at iTunes.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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