Does cognitive stimulation therapy for older people with dementia benefit mental process and quality of life?
From: British Journal Of Psychiatry
- Spector, A., Thorgrimsen, L., Woods, B., Royan, L., Davies, S., (deceased), M.B., Orrell, M., 2003. Efficacy of an evidence-based cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia Randomised controlled trial. BJP 183, 248–254.
- 201 participants with dementia.
- 115 people were randomised to the intervention group and 86 to the control group.
- The intervention group consisted of a 14-session programme which ran twice a week for 45 min per session over 7 weeks. It was designed using the theoretical concepts of reality orientation and cognitive stimulation. Topics included using money, word games, the present day and famous faces.
- The intervention group improved significantly relative to the control group.
- The authors conclude that the results compare favourably with trials of drugs for dementia.
- Yes (with confidence)