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Systematic review
Non-pharmacological interventions for agitation in dementia: various strategies demonstrate effectiveness for care home residents; further research in home settings is needed
  1. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, P.O. Box 39040, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel; Jiska{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Supervised training in person-centred care and associated skill building are recommended for practice as effective tools to decrease agitation in care homes.

  • The impact of long-term implementation of activity and sensory interventions needs to be assessed.


Agitation is a set of inappropriate behaviours that are commonly manifested by persons with dementia, with adverse impact for the persons themselves and for their caregivers. Such behaviours often indicate unmet needs. Given the clinical significance of these behaviours and the large and growing body of scientific literature on this topic, it is important to review this literature to make it accessible to clinicians, administrators and policymakers.


This review involved a search of multiple publication databases for randomised controlled trials …

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  • Competing interests None declared.