Validation of a new tool for assessing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia

Takeaway

  • The novel Behavioral and Psychological Symptom of Dementia assessment tool, Thai version (BPSD-T), correlated well with the established Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) for assessing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), required less time to administer and had high inter-rater and test–retest reliabilities.

Why this matters

  • Current tools for assessing BPSD are complex and time consuming, limiting their uptake in clinical practice and leading to late recognition of symptoms with negative clinical sequalae.

  • Use of the simpler BPSD-T in clinical practice has the potential to facilitate earlier recognition and targeted intervention for BPSD, leading to improved care for people with dementia (PwD) and reduced caregiver burden.