Pilot Testing of the EIT-4-BPSD Intervention

Barbara Resnick, Ann Kolanowski, Kimberly Van Haitsma, Marie Boltz, Elizabeth Galik, Alice Bonner, Erin Vigne, Lauren Holtzman, Paula M. Mulhall

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Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are common in nursing home residents, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now require that nonpharmacological interventions be used as a first-line treatment. Few staff know how to implement these interventions. The purpose of this study was to pilot test an implementation strategy, Evidence Integration Triangle for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (EIT-4-BPSD), which was developed to help staff integrate behavioral interventions into routine care. The EIT-4-BPSD was implemented in 2 nursing homes, and 21 residents were recruited. A research nurse facilitator worked with facility champions and a stakeholder team to implement the 4 steps of EIT-4-BPSD. There was evidence of reach to all staff; effectiveness with improvement in residents' quality of life and a decrease in agitation; adoption based on the environment, policy, and care plan changes; and implementation and plans for maintenance beyond the 6-month intervention period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-579
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)


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