New APA practice guideline on dementia treatment: The American Psychiatric Association has released its Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. Part A of the guideline, "Treatment Recommendations," is being published as a supplement to the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP). The 59-page Part A, which includes 389 reference citations, addresses formulation and implementation of a stage-specific treatment plan, including diagnostic evaluation and referral, assessment and monitoring, enhancement of the safety of the patient and others, education and support for patients and families, and psychosocial and pharmacological treatments. It discusses specific issues that influence the plan, including demographic and social factors, co-occurring conditions, and features of the treatment site, such as the patient's home or a long-term facility. Part B, "Background Information and Review of Available Evidence," and Part C, "Future Research Directions," are not included in the AJP supplement but are provided with Part A in the complete guideline, which is available online through the American Psychiatric Association (www.psych.org) and in print format in compendiums of APA practice guidelines published by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. (www.appi.org).