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IPA Complete Guides to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) – 2015 Revision Release

We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Edition of the IPA Complete Guides to the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) – Specialists Guide has been released and is now available only on the IPA Members Area ( A total of 15 IPA members from around the globe contributed to this significant revision in which seven of the eight modules were revised. Only Module 8 (Long-Term Care), which was completed only a few years ago, remained unchanged.

IPA is committed to ensuring that its educational products remain contemporary and so to achieve that, revisions are required every three to five years. Many changes have occurred since the third edition and discerning readers will note that knowledge regarding the epidemiology and etiology of BPSD, as noted in Modules 1 and 3 that were revised by Brian Draper, has increased. Module 2 was revised by George Grossberg and Abhilash Desai and provides an updated view on clinical issues. The impact upon family and other caregivers with the complex interaction between caregivers and the person with dementia that might contribute to BPSD is better understood and this is covered in Module 4 revised by Kim Burns and Henry Brodaty.

While there are few new treatments, there is better and more nuanced understanding of which treatments might work best for various clinical scenarios. Module 5, revised by Daniel O’Connor, covers non-pharmacological interventions while Module 6, revised by Dallas Seitz, covers pharmacological treatments. Module 7 on cross-cultural and transnational considerations has perhaps had the most changes. A team of authors from around the world (Huali Wang, WC Chan, Guk-Hee Suh, Ali Javadpour, Olusegun Baiyewu, Cassio Bottino, Vinod Gangoli, Masatoshi Takeda, Brian Draper) has contributed to completely revising existing sections on African, South American, Asian and Middle Eastern countries while adding new sections from Japan, Iran, Nigeria and Brazil. The sections on ethnic minorities in Western countries have also been revised.

We hope that you find this fourth edition as informative and helpful as the earlier editions.

Brian Draper, BPSD Editor (3rd/4th Editions), School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Euroa Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Excerpted article as reprint from IPA’s newsletter,
the IPA Bulletin, Volume 32, Number 4


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