Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Cognitive Telerehabilitation in Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia: A Systematic Review

Cotelli, M., Manenti, R., et al. (2017).
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Epub ahead of print retreived November 15, 2017 from: .
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Italian Ministry of Health (Ricerca Corrente)

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Article Details

Description

This is a systematic review of the literature examining the efficacy of cognitive telerehabilitation interventions compared to face-to-face service delivery for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal dementia.

Questions/Aims Addressed

To examine the efficacy of cognitive telerehabilitation interventions for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal dementia

Population

Individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal dementia

Intervention/Assessment

Any cognitive intervention delivered via telehealth compared to face-to-face treatment

Number of Studies Included

5

Years Included

up to August 2017


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Overall, the findings revealed that cognitive interventions delivered via telehealth were comparable to those delivered in a conventional face-to-face treatment format for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. While improved cognitive skills were noted after both service delivery methods, further research is needed due to the small number of studies, heterogeneity of participants and methodological limitations. 

Keywords: Diagnosis, Format (Group/Telepractice), Telepractice, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive-Communication, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Service Delivery

Overall, the findings revealed that cognitive interventions delivered via telehealth were comparable to those delivered in a conventional face-to-face treatment format for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. While improved cognitive skills were noted after both service delivery methods, further research is needed due to the small number of studies, heterogeneity of participants and methodological limitations. 

Keywords: Diagnosis, Format (Group/Telepractice), Telepractice, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive-Communication, Mild Cognitive Impairment

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