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Dr. Rollin M. Wright gives a presentation for primary care providers on how to improve care and support for people and families living with brain change.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize two ways that brain change affects language and communication in people living with major neurocognitive disorder
  • Use multisensory cueing and at least 1 other nonverbal communication skill to connect and build a relationship with the person living with major neurocognitive disorder (NCD)

Reading Resources: 

  1. Cohen-Mansfield J and Creedon M. Nursing staff members’ perceptions of pain indicators in persons with severe dementia. Clin J Pain, 2002, 18:64-73
  2. Dementia Intiative.  Dementia care: the quality chasm. Accessed July 10, 2014
  3. Kales HC, Gitlin LN, Lyketsos C. Assessment and management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.  BMJ 2015. 350:h369
  4. Zwijsen SA, Smalbrugge M, Eefsting JA, et al. Comint to grips with challenging behavior: a cluster randomized controlled trial on the effects of a multidisciplinary care program for challenging behavior in dementia.  JAMDA, 2014, 15:531.e1-531.e10


Dr. Wright has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.


Release Date: 12/6/2018 | Last Modified On: 1/13/2020 | Expires: 12/16/2020

This course has been expired.