Type

Journal Article

Authors

Sabina Brennan
Ian H Robertson
Robert F Coen
Brian A. Lawlor
Michelle E Kelly

Subjects

Psychiatry

Topics
cognitive psychology well being alzheimer s disease ad single subject research cognition research design mental health irish population randomised controlled trials alzheimer disease rehabilitation psychology

Cognitive rehabilitation for early stage Alzheimer’s disease: a pilot study with an Irish population (2019)

Abstract Objectives Research shows that cognitive rehabilitation (CR) has the potential to improve goal performance and enhance well-being for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This single subject, multiple baseline design (MBD) research investigated the clinical efficacy of an 8-week individualised CR intervention for individuals with early stage AD. Methods Three participants with early stage AD were recruited to take part in the study. The intervention consisted of eight sessions of 60–90 minutes of CR. Outcomes included goal performance and satisfaction, quality of life, cognitive and everyday functioning, mood, and memory self-efficacy for participants with AD; and carer burden, general mental health, quality of life, and mood of carers. Results Visual analysis of MBD data demonstrated a functional relationship between CR and improvements in participants’ goal performance. Subjective ratings of goal performance and satisfaction increased from baseline to post-test for three participants and were maintained at follow-up for two. Baseline to post-test quality of life scores improved for three participants, whereas cognitive function and memory self-efficacy scores improved for two. Conclusions Our findings demonstrate that CR can improve goal performance, and is a socially acceptable intervention that can be implemented by practitioners with assistance from carers between sessions. This study represents one of the promising first step towards filling a practice gap in this area. Further research and randomised-controlled trials are required.
Collections Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology: Cognition
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology: Cognitive psychology
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering: Research Institutes: Human Health Institute
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published

Full list of authors on original publication

Sabina Brennan, Ian H Robertson, Robert F Coen, Brian A. Lawlor, Michelle E Kelly

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Sabina Brennan
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 47
 
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Ian H Robertson
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 162
 
3
Robert F Coen
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 35
 
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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
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Michelle E Kelly
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 51