Efficacy of a cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia
This study by Coen et al. (2011) aimed to replicate previous research by Spector et al. (2003) which found that Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) produced improvements in cognition and quality of life for people with dementia that compared favourably with trials of cholinesterase inhibitors. While this study used a smaller sample and a control group engaged in routine activities, findings reflected those of Spector et al. that CST has beneficial effects for people with dementia, evidenced by improved MMSE AND QoL-AD scores that fell just short of statistical significance. The authors acknowledge the limitations of the small sample size and also that the changes in MMSE and QoL-AD were not reflected in the ADAScog.
COEN, R. F., FLYNN, B., RIGNEY, E., O'CONNOR, E., FITZGERALD, L., MURRAY, C., DUNLEAVY, C., MCDONALD, M., DELANEY, D., MERRIMAN, N. AND EDGEWORTH, J. (2011) Efficacy of a cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 28(13), pp 145 – 147.