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Vol. 35, No. 5-6, 2013
Issue release date: May 2013
Section title: Original Research Article
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2013;35:300-312
(DOI:10.1159/000348357)

Efficacy of Short-Term Inpatient Rehabilitation for Dementia Patients and Caregivers: Prospective Cohort Study

Schiffczyk C. · Romero B. · Jonas C. · Lahmeyer C. · Müller F. · Riepe M.W.
aDivision of Mental Health and Old Age Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy II, Ulm University, Ulm, bAlzheimer Therapiezentrum Bad Aibling, Bad Aibling, and cPrivate Practice, Berlin, Germany

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Article / Publication Details

Accepted: 1/18/2013
Published online: 4/5/2013

Number of Print Pages: 13
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM

Abstract

Background/Aims: The efficacy of nonpharmacological and multicomponent treatments in patients with dementia is under discussion, as is the ongoing debate which endpoints best measure efficacy. Methods: 194 dyads of dementia patients and their proxies interested in a combined short-term inpatient rehabilitative treatment were assessed in the patients' homes. Results: Analysis showed that cognition in male patients (cognitive part of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale: p = 0.048) and depressive mood in female patients were improved after treatment at the 3-month follow-up (Geriatric Depression Scale: p = 0.030). Moreover, the burden on male caregivers was reduced (behavioral pathology in Alzheimer's Disease Rating Scale: p = 0.002) at 3 months. Conclusion: Combined short-term rehabilitative treatment of patients and psychosocial intervention for caregivers is modestly effective in patients with dementia and their caregivers, but may be subject to gender-specific effects.


Article / Publication Details

Accepted: 1/18/2013
Published online: 4/5/2013

Number of Print Pages: 13
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM


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