The impact of reminiscence on the quality of life of residents with dementia in long-stay care

In the context of increasing recognition of the potential value of reminiscence in maintaining or improving quality of life, O’Shea et al. (2014) evaluated the effectiveness of a structured education-based reminiscence programme for people with dementia in long stay residential care settings in ROI. Effectiveness was measured in a two-group, single-blind clustered randomised trial, using self-rated quality of life as the primary outcome. The results on the effects of the intervention suggest that there was a positive but clinically non-significant improvement in the mean quality of life of the residents in the intervention group compared with the control group. However, the results of per-protocol analysis, which includes only units that followed protocol, indicates that there was a clinically and statistically significant effect of the intervention on quality of life of residents with those in the intervention groups experiencing a better improvement in quality of life compared to those in the control group.  

Title: 
The impact of reminiscence on the quality of life of residents with dementia in long-stay care
Date: 
2014
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O'SHEA, E., DEVANE, D., COONEY, A., CASEY, D., JORDAN, F., HUNTER, A., MURPHY, E., NEWELL, J., CONNOLLY, S. and MURPHY, K., 2014. The impact of reminiscence on the quality of life of residents with dementia in long-stay care. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29(10), pp. 1062-1070.