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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; Stroke Association UK
Cognitive Rehabilitation for Memory Deficits Following Stroke

Nair, R. D., & Lincoln, N. B. (2007).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
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 and crossover trials which compare memory treatment to no treatment or alternative treatment for patients with memory impairment following stroke.

Question(s) Addressed:

  1. Do patients who have received cognitive rehabilitation for memory problems following a stroke show better functional outcomes than those given no treatment or a placebo control?
  2. Do patients who have received cognitive rehabilitation have better outcomes in their memory functions, on objective, subjective, or observer-rated memory measures, than no treatment or a placebo control?
  3. What are the immediate and long-term outcomes of memory rehabilitation?

Population: Patients who had memory deficits following stroke, as confirmed by neurological examination or CT scan.

Intervention/Assessment: Memory treatment strategies

Number of Studies Included: 2

Years Included: Through 2006



  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • General Findings - "There was no evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of memory rehabilitation on functional outcomes, and objective, subjective, and observer-rated memory measures" (p. 1). Further research is warranted.

Keywords: Stroke, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Memory

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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