For patients with dementia or cognitive impairment, how effective is life story/reminiscence therapy, compared to any other intervention, for improving patient outcomes?
There is a lack of high quality consistent research evidence to
support the effectiveness of reminiscence therapy in people with
dementia or cognitive impairment. Some very limited evidence
indicates possible effects of individual or group reminiscence
therapy on cognition and depression, relative to non-active
controls. Of interest is a study which compared reminiscence
therapy involving patients in the preparation of a life story book
to a gift of a life story book prepared by carers with expert
support and found that both interventions were similarly effective
in improving memory and quality of life at six months. Further high
quality research is needed to adequately assess the effectiveness
of reminiscence therapy and to explore the mechanisms by which any
observed effects may occur.
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