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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; The Alzheimer’s Society UK; University of Wales, Bangor UK
Cognitive Rehabilitation and Cognitive Training for Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia

Clare, L., Woods, R. T., et al. (2003).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(4).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of randomized controlled trials to determine the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation or cognitive training for people with dementia.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Participants with a medical diagnosis of dementia

Intervention/Assessment: Cognitive rehabilitation or cognitive training

Number of Studies Included: 6

Years Included: 1966 - 2003



  • Treatment
    • Cognitive-Communication
      • Restorative Treatments
        • Six studies were found examining the use of various cognitive training programs (e.g. stimulation, spaced retrieval, computer training) to improve memory performance.
        • The findings from the review did not show strong support for the use of targeted interventions with individuals presenting with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
        • The authors concluded that "none of the six studies reporting cognitive training interventions demonstrated any statistically significant effects in any domain, although there were indications of some modest, non-significant effects in various domains of cognitive functioning" (p. 1).
        • Further research from randomized controlled trials is warranted.

Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Cognitive Rehabilitation

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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