Summary of the Systematic Review
Psychosocial Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease Cognitive Symptoms: A Bayesian Network Meta-Analysis
Duan, Y., Lu, L., et al. (2018).
BMC Geriatrics, 18(1), 175.
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National Natural Science Foundation (China); Guangdong Natural Science Foundation (China)
Indicators of Review Quality
- 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.
- Yes Quality assessments are reproducible.
- Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.
This is a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials investigating psychosocial interventions to improve or maintain cognitive function in individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
To compare and rank different psychosocial interventions in the management of cognitive symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease
Individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease
Any psychosocial intervention or combination of psychosocial intervention and pharmacological intervention compared to usual care
Number of Studies Included
Up to August 2017
Conclusions from This Systematic Review
What are Conclusions?
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Reminiscence therapy showed better efficacy in the management of cognitive symptoms compared to usual care for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
For individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, psychosocial interventions were better at improving cognitive skills or slowing down the progression of cognitive impairments compared to usual care. Additionally, psychosocial interventions in combination with pharmacological interventions had better cognitive outcomes than single drug pharmacological treatment.