Question: For people with dementia, how effective is cognitive stimulation therapy compared with the use of cholinesterase inhibitors in maintaining or improving a persons activities of daily living skills (ADLs)?


No clinical or research implications regarding the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation therapy compared to cholinesterase inhibitors was suggested in the evidence evaluated. The authors of a systematic review on cognitive stimulation therapy generally stated that there is a clear need for more randomised controlled trials which explore the long term benefits of this intervention.

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