The DICE Approach

Release Date: October 24, 2018
Expiration Date: August 9, 2019
Format: Enduring Online Material

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors.

Statement of Need

This presentation will explore the use of the DICE (Describe, Investigate, Create and Evaluate) Approach by family and caregivers managing the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. 

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  1. Manage neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia patients in clinical settings using the DICE approach
  2. Create a non-pharmacological treatment plan for dementia patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms 
  3. Recommend medications for neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia patients when appropriate

Accreditation Statement



University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.00 Contact Hours.

Physical Therapy

UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at the conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Physician - AOA
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician - AMA

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

Social Work
This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Faculty and Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The following is a list of the faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.

Lesca Hadley, MD, FAAFP

Associate Professor - Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas
Director of Geriatrics, JPS Health Network Family Medicine Fellowship Program, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

After graduating with a Biology degree from Abilene Christian University, Lesca Hadley attended Texas Tech University for medical school. Dr. Hadley completed  Family Medicine Residency training, and then a Geriatric Fellowship at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 2005, Dr. Hadley has served as the Geriatric Fellowship Program Director at JPS. She continues to practice full-scope Family Medicine by taking call with Maternal-Child Health faculty along with seeing patients in the outpatient, inpatient, home, and long-term care settings. In addition to Geriatrics, Dr. Hadley has a passion for Refugee and Global Health. 

Lesca Hadley, MD has nothing to disclose.   The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO staff have nothing to disclose.


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Technical Requirements

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WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  No commercial support was received for this activity.


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