Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations for Working with Individuals with Dementia: Simulated Presence Therapy

Bayles, K. A., Kim, E., et al. (2006).
Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 14(3), xiii-xxi.
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Sponsoring Body

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Department of Veterans Affairs

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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
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  • No Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

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Article Details

Description

This is a review of the literature examining the use of simulated presence (SimPres) therapy for individuals with dementia of the Alzheimer's type (DAT). This review is part of a series of reports from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Science specific to the assessment and management of individuals with dementia.

Questions/Aims Addressed

The aim of this review is to evaluate to the evidence for the use of SimPres for persons with DAT.

Population

Adults with DAT

Intervention/Assessment

Simulated Presence Therapy

Number of Studies Included

3

Years Included

1966-2002


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Results from a limited number of studies suggest that individuals with moderate to severe DAT may benefit from SimPres therapy. "SimPres appears most effective for individuals who have retained communication skills" (p. xix). Future research is warranted to determine the effect of SimPres to improve conversation skills.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Severity/Stage, Moderate-Severe/Late Stage, Cognitive-Communication, Alzheimer’s Disease, Simulated Presence Therapy

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