In adults with a diagnosis of dementia, how effective are multi-sensory interventions, compared to any other intervention, in improving patient outcomes?
No definite clinical implications can be made from the available
evidence. Data from one well conducted RCT suggested that calm
music or hand massage may be used alone or to augment an
individualised therapeutic regimen for nursing home residents with
dementia. The authors stated that both interventions require little
training and are easily administered, with minimal cost. One
well-conducted SR found that there was very little evidence to
evaluate the efficacy of snoezelen. There is general consensus that
more high quality research is needed to examine the efficacy of
snoezelen, or multisensory stimulation rooms/environments, on
people with dementia. In addition, authors stated that new research
should be developed to examine the similarities and differences
between the multisensory stimulation environment (MSSE) carried out
in special rooms and the MSSE integrated in the daily care and to
compare their effects.
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