Management of the patient with disruptive vocalization
NLM Title Abbreviation
DOI of Published Version
Disruptive vocalization (DV) is a common problem in the management of cognitively and physically impaired older people. This article reports the results of a consensus meeting convened to provide guidelines for clinicians and recommendations for researchers in this difficult and little-studied behavioral problem. DV arises largely in people with cognitive impairment and generally reflects an underlying need or discomfort. A variety of factors can precipitate and aggravate DV; the key to management is appropriate identification of all possible factors and development of an individualized treatment plan.
Aged, Dementia/complications, Humans, Nursing Homes, Social Behavior Disorders/etiology/psychology/rehabilitation, Verbal Behavior
Published Article/Book Citation
The Gerontologist, 37:5 (1997) pp.675-682.