[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 10, May 2011].
The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), launched in October 2010, aims to provide simple protocols and flowcharts which offer guidance about diagnosis and the psychosocial interventions available (including those for caregivers).
The WHO’s mhGAP Evidence Resource Centre supplies background material, process documents, evidence profiles and recommendations in electronic format. The purpose of the Evidence Resource Centre is to provide easy access to evidence-based clinical and non-clinical information for an international community of people involved in health and social care, to assist them in making decisions about policy, planning, and in the management of individual patients.
This webpage lists evidence-based recommendations for the management of dementia in non-specialized health settings. The resources linked to include (as of April 11th 2011):
- Role of Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.
- Role of Memantine.
- Conventional and atypical antipsychotics and antidepressant (Trazodone) for behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with dementia.
- Role of antidepressants in people with dementia and associated depression.
- Cognitive and psychosocial interventions.
- Diagnosis of dementia.
- How to deliver the diagnosis of dementia.
- Role of a medical review.
- Interventions for carers of people with dementia.
- Respite care for carers of people with dementia.
Read more: WHO Guidance on Dementia.