Letters Cognitive function in dementia

Social engagement may be as important as cognitive stimulation therapy in dementia

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1607 (Published 06 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1607
  1. Simon P Thacker, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Albany House, Kingsway Hospital, Derby DE22 3LZ, UK
  1. simon.thacker{at}derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Orrell and colleagues confirm that group and individual cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) improves cognitive function in dementia but that the effect size is modest, and they do not mention the possibly large placebo effect of social engagement.1 In their own trial of group CST, they state that controls received usual …

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