Psychosocial interventions for dementia patients in long-term care

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Title Psychosocial interventions for dementia patients in long-term care
Author Vernooij-Dassen, Myrra; Vasse, Emmelyne; Zuidema, Sytse; Cohen-Mansfield, Jiska; Moyle, Wendy
Journal Name International Psychogeriatrics
Editor David Aimes
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract Background: Psychosocial interventions in long-term care have the potential to improve the quality of care and quality of life of persons with dementia. Our aim is to explore the evidence and consensus on psychosocial interventions for persons with dementia in long-term care. Methods: This study comprises an appraisal of research reviews and of European, U.S. and Canadian dementia guidelines. Results: Twenty-eight reviews related to long-term care psychosocial interventions were selected. Behavioral management techniques (such as behavior therapy), cognitive stimulation, and physical activities (such as walking) were shown positively to affect behavior or physical condition, or to reduce depression. There are many other promising interventions, but methodological weaknesses did not allow conclusions to be drawn. The consensus presented in the guidelines emphasized the importance of care tailored to the needs and capabilities of persons with dementia and consideration of the individual's life context. Conclusions: Long-term care offers the possibility for planned care through individualized care plans, and consideration of the needs of persons with dementia and the individual life context. While using recommendations based on evidence and consensus is important to shape future long-term care, further well-designed research is needed on psychosocial interventions in long-term care to strengthen the evidence base for such care.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610210001365
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 International Psychogeriatric Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 22
Issue Number 7
Page from 1121
Page to 1128
ISSN 1041-6102
Date Accessioned 2010-11-22
Date Available 2011-02-14T09:13:16Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35366
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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