Welcome to the BC BPSD Algorithm Website!
This is a practical, electronic, interactive tool intended to support interdisciplinary, evidence-based, person-centred care for persons with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The algorithm is intended to be combined with the BPSD Best Practice Guideline.
What is the BC BPSD Algorithm?
The BC BPSD Algorithm is a practical, electronic, interactive tool intended to support interdisciplinary, evidence-based, person-centred care for persons with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). It is very simple to use and completely mobile friendly - meaning that you can use it on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The algorithm is intended to be combined with the Best Practice Guideline for Accommodating and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Residential Care, released in 2012.
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Where did it come from?
The BPSD Consensus Algorithm project is a provincial collaborative effort, that originated and was led by Interior Health in 2013 and included representation from all BC Health Authority partners (Fraser Health, Island Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health), the BC Ministry of Health, general and specialist physician partners, community pharmacists, and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. A refresh of the BC BPSD Algorithm content and attachments was completed in August 2019.
Why is it important?
Behaviours are not just symptoms of a neurobiological disease. It is a complex response to the interaction of many variables that include the person's current cognitive abilities, psychosocial and cultural history, physiological and emotional needs, and physical and social environments.
Today, behaviours in dementia are being recognized as a form of communication, rather than random, unpredictable or meaningless events that arise from disease. It is helpful to view behaviours as the person's best attempt to respond to their current situation.
Who should use the BC BPSD Algorithm?
The BC BPSD tool has a specific focus on non-pharmacological interventions and the appropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in the long-term care setting. Care staff, family physicians clinical experts, and Health Authorities in all of British Columbia's health care settings are encouraged to review the guideline and algorithm, as they offer evidence-based tips and tools to deliver best practice, non-pharmacological approaches to person-centred dementia care.
How is the information organized?
The BC BPSD Algorithm is divided into two parts.
Some Key Features include:
Back button - To navigate between pages in the tool, you can use your web browser back button, or the navigation menu in the upper left hand corner.
Tools button - provides access:
- Bookmarking shortcut - allows you to bookmark a page within the tool. Please use your browser book mark to create a shortcut to the entire site;
- Feedback form - if you notice a technical error on any page, please use the "leave feedback" form to report it.
- Information about the BPSD tool;
Evaluate BPSD Tool button - is located on every page at the bottom of the screen; please take the time to provide your feedback. This will help us evaluate the BC BPSD Algorithm as a clinical practice tool.
All Documents - searchable list of all available documents.
Updated BPSD Flow Chart - available as the icon on the bottom of the screen (PDF).
About information within the BC BPSD Algorithm
There are one page information sheets that can be downloaded (click-print)
The information sheets are available in pdf.
Some tools may be downloaded and printed for use for individual-specific care plans. The tools are available in non-branded format for use by any organization.
Many of these forms are in a pdf format, and if you have a pdf writer, you may be able to type directly onto the forms and save the file.
Questions or Comments?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-604-668-8210