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Multisensory stimulation to improve functional performance in moderate to severe dementia - interim results

By Lesley Collier, Kathryn McPherson, Caroline Ellis-Hill, Jason Staal and Romola Bucks

Abstract

Dementia is a growing problem worldwide and interventions to effectively manage and promote function are urgently required. Multisensory Environments (MSEs) have been used to promote functional performance, however, no studies have been conducted to explore the efficacy of MSEs on functional performance in dementia. <br/>This RCT explores to what extent MSEs influence functional performance in people with moderate / severe dementia compared with a control activity.<br/>Thirty participants with moderate / severe dementia were recruited form the south of England. <br/>Following baseline assessment and design of a bespoke intervention, each participant attended their allocated intervention (3 x wk, for 4 weeks). Assessments were carried out pre and post-session using the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). Results indicate significant improvement in functional performance in both the MSE and of the control activity. Findings support the use of MSEs as a strategy for enhancing functional performance in dementia. <br/

Topics: BF, RC0321, RM
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:165813
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