Online dementia course

Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

4 hrs

8 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Learn about the role benzodiazepines and other sedative medications may play in supporting a person experiencing responsive behaviours and use case studies to help you develop an individualised and evidence-based management plan for people in your care.

Suitable for people working in:

Community Care , Primary Care , Residential Care

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Learning Outcomes

By completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of benzodiazepines and other sedatives in supporting a person with dementia experiencing a responsive behaviour.
  2. Recognise the risks and common adverse effects that benzodiazepines and other sedatives carry when used in people with dementia.
  3. Identify target responsive behaviours.
  4. Develop an appropriate management plan.
  5. Develop an appropriate withdrawal plan.

In this course, you will complete the following modules:


Introduction to appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

Learn to balance the risks and benefits of using benzodiazepines and other sedatives in people living with dementia.

Introduction to appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives


Target responsive behaviours

Learn about the target responsive behaviours that benzodiazepines and other sedative medications are commonly prescribed for.

Target responsive behaviours


Developing a management plan

Work through two case studies to develop an appropriate plan for managing a benzodiazepine and/or other sedative medication prescribed for...

Developing a management plan


Developing a withdrawal plan

Work through two case studies to develop an appropriate plan for withdrawing a benzodiazepine and/or other sedative medication for a...

Developing a withdrawal plan

Continuing Professional Education

Completion of this course provides 4 hours of continuing professional education. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion.

Benefits of learning with DTA

  • Increase your knowledge of dementia
  • Ongoing access to review course content
  • Real life examples to help you put knowledge into practice
  • Learn anytime, anywhere
  • Phone and Tablet friendly
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Cost Free for Learners
  • Easily Accessible
  • Continued professional development and education
  • Learn based on your area of interest

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