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Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;32(12):e123-e131. doi: 10.1002/gps.4669. Epub 2017 Feb 7.

An adapted mindfulness intervention for people with dementia in care homes: feasibility pilot study.

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Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Depression and anxiety are common in dementia. There is a need to develop effective psychosocial interventions. This study sought to develop a group-based adapted mindfulness programme for people with mild to moderate dementia in care homes and to determine its feasibility and potential benefits.

METHODS:

A manual for a 10-session intervention was developed. Participants were randomly allocated to the intervention plus treatment as usual (n = 20) or treatment as usual (n = 11). Measures of mood, anxiety, quality of life, cognitive function, stress and mindfulness were administered at baseline and 1 week post-intervention.

RESULTS:

There was a significant improvement in quality of life in the intervention group compared to controls (p = 0.05). There were no significant changes in other outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

The intervention was feasible in terms of recruitment, retention, attrition and acceptability and was associated with significant positive changes in quality of life. A fully powered randomised controlled trial is required. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

KEYWORDS:

care home; dementia; group; mindfulness; psychosocial Intervention

PMID:
28170104
DOI:
10.1002/gps.4669
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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