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Disabil Rehabil. 2008;30(23):1786-93. doi: 10.1080/09638280701661380.

Does a cognitive-training programme improve the performance of middle-aged employees undergoing in-patient psychosomatic treatment?

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  • 1Klinik fur Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz, Germany. stefwagn@uni-mainz.de

Abstract

PURPOSE:

With the ever-increasing average life expectancy and rising age of retirement, cognitive and work capacities in advanced age take on great importance. Cognitive impairments, however, increase with age. The effect of cognitive-training programmes on people with mild cognitive impairment has not been verified in any systematic investigations.

METHOD:

This study presents a cognitive-training programme designed for middle-aged employees that was implemented and evaluated at the Psychosomatic Clinic Bad Neustadt/Saale in an AB study design (A: no intervention; B: intervention).

RESULTS:

Memory performance of the intervention group (n = 33) improved significantly between intake and discharge, compared with that of the control group (n = 40), as did self-ratings of memory and work-related attitudes.

CONCLUSIONS:

A cognitive-training programme is useful and effective in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Future studies should investigate how older or more severely impaired patients benefit from such a programme.

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