Teaching Case Studies: Managing Aberrant Behavior In Patients With Dementia
Title: Repetitive Questioning II
Goals and Objectives
This activity is intended for health care providers, family, and/or caregivers who provide care for patients with dementia.
Repetitive questioning is a major problem for caregivers, particularly taxing if they are unable to recognize and understand the reasons why their loved one keeps asking the same question over and over again. Repetitive questioning is due to the underlying disease: the patient’s short term memory is impaired and she is unable to register, assimilate and retain the answer. The patient hears the answer, understands it, but because of the impaired memory for recent events is unable to retain the answer in her memory and therefore forgets it. Just answering repetitive questioning by providing repeatedly the same answer is not sufficient. Caregivers should try to identify the underlying cause for this repetitive questioning. In this case study the patient does not know how to handle the awkward situation he finds himself in. What went wrong will be presented, along with how the situation and catastrophic ending could have been avoided. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:
- Apply the material addressed in the scenario when advising caregivers seeking help with similar situations.
- Provide advice to caregivers about how to avoid aberrant behaviors from developing, escalating, and erupting, along with steps that can be taken to prevent it from occurring.
Before beginning this CME activity, you must review the article in its entirety, located here:
R.C. Hamdy, MD1 , A. Kinser, PhD1 , A. Depelteau, PhD1 , J. V. Lewis, MD1 , R. Copeland, MD1 , T. Kendall-Wilson, RN2 , and K. Whalen, BA1
1East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
2Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
CME Release Date: May 7th, 2018
Content Reviewed: April 3, 2019
Valid for credit through: May 7th, 2020
Course type: Journal CME
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and SAGE Publishing. Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Southern Medical Association designates this Journal CME Activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board. All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.
Instructions for Participation and Credit
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- Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
- Study the educational content and references.
- Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
- Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.
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