Dementia Behaviours and Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics


The management of behavioral disturbances in dementia involves non-pharmacologic approaches and pharmacologic treatments. This online self-learning course is designed to support Albertan family physicians in implementing behaviour assessment and management of patients with dementia, including the appropriate use of antipsychotics.

Tools and References


After completing this e-learning course, you will be equipped to:

  • Illustrate the physician’s role within a team-based approach to minimizing antipsychotic use in persons with dementia
  • Evaluate key elements in the assessment and management of responsive behaviors in dementia
  • Implement non-pharmacological behavior management approaches to responsive behaviors in patients with dementia
  • Recognize the unique needs of both the patient and family members in their journey to the end of life of dementia
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • There are three cases presented in this course. You are expected to respond to the questions in each case and move forward to learn from the faculty feedback on the questions. The open-ended questions are designed for facilitating your active learning around dementia management. Various tools are introduced along the cases. You may find all the tools at one place later in the page of Tools and Resources.
  • ‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’. This tool is especially useful when you respond to the open-answer type of interaction requirement: in order to compare your answer to the feedback on the next screen, you are encouraged to copy and paste your answer in your notes before submitting it. (Your submission will be only visible to the faculty of this course.)
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.

This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 3.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 3.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns up to five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial  sponsorship support.
  • Faculty/PC disclosure:





Diana Turner








Loraine Barnes


Nothing to discloseSenior Practice Consultant

Patrick Quail

MDNothing to discloseClinical Assistant Professor

Vivian Ewa


CIHR – Research

Edin Section Chief- Seniors Care and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary.

Medical Director, Integrated Facility Living, Alberta Health services

Diana Turner

MD MSc FCFP CCFP (CoE)Nothing to discloseAssociate Clinical Professor,  Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; Carewest Medical Director, Continuing Care; Site Lead Medical, Alberta Health Services-Calgary Zone; & Chair Connect Care Continuing Care and
Seniors Area Council; & Connect Care Medical Informatics Physician Lead LTC & Home Care, AHS
Calgary Zone

Heidi Schmaltz


Nothing to disclose

Geriatrician, Seniors’ Health, Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone; Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine, University of Calgary

Utkarsh Subnis


Nothing to disclose

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Loraine Barnes MHA, RN, BScN, CHE (Co-Chair)
Diana Turner MD MSc FCFP CCFP (CoE) (Co-Chair)
Vivian Ewa MBBS, CCFP (CoE), MMedEd, FCFP, FRCP Edin
Patrick Quail MBBChBAO, CCFP
Heidi Schmaltz MDCM, FRCPC
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

This course has received an educational grant from Alberta Health Services – Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, through funding made available from a grant from Alberta Health, Continuing Care Branch.

This program was co-developed with the Alberta Health Services – Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

Carewest has supported Dr. Diana Turner’s time in the development of this program.