Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

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)

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Article Details

Description

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. 

Questions/Aims Addressed

To compare and rank different psychosocial interventions in the management of cognitive symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease

Population

Individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

Intervention/Assessment

Any psychosocial intervention or combination of psychosocial intervention and pharmacological intervention compared to usual care

Number of Studies Included

10

Years Included

up to August 2017


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Reminiscence therapy showed better efficacy in the management of cognitive symptoms compared to usual care for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Severity/Stage, Mild-Moderate/Early Stage, Cognitive-Communication, Alzheimer’s Disease, Reminiscence Therapy

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.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Severity/Stage, Mild-Moderate/Early Stage, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive-Communication

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