Question: For people with dementia, how effective is cognitive stimulation therapy compared to any other treatment in achieving improved patient outcomes?


The authors of a systematic review (SR) did not make specific clinical recommendations, but did state that the evidence base for the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia in relation to cognitive function, as well as quality of life and communication, have been demonstrated. These benefits were over and above any medication effects.

Further research was recommended in a number of areas, but the authors emphasised a clear need to assess the potential benefits of longer term cognitive stimulation programmes and their clinical significance.

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