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Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for people with dementia–who benefits most?


Aguirre, E., Hoare, Z., Streater, A., Spector, A., Woods, B., Hoe, J., Orrell, M.


International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 28, No.: 3, Pages.: 284-290

Year of Publication



Background: The efficacy of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) has been demonstrated, but little is known about the characteristics of people with dementia, which may predict a more positive response to CST. This study sought to investigate which factors may predict response to CST.; Methods: Two hundred and seventy-two participants with dementia took part in a 7-week CST intervention. Assessments were carried out pre-treatment and post-treatment. The results were compared with those of a previous comparable CST randomised control trial. A comparison of mean scores pre-CST and post-CST groups was undertaken, and contributing factors that predicted change in outcomes were examined.; Results: CST improved cognition and quality of life, and the results showed that the benefits of CST were independent of whether people were taking acetylcholinesteraseinhibitor (AChEI) medication. Increasing age was associated with cognitive benefits, as was female gender. Care home residents improved more than community residents on quality of life, but the community sample seemed to benefit more in relation to behaviour problems.; Conclusions: These results demonstrate that CST improves cognition and quality of life for people with dementia including those already on AChEIs. Older age and being female were associated with increased cognitive benefits from the intervention. Consideration should be given to aspects of CST, which may enhance the benefits for people with dementia who are male and those younger than 80 years.; Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Aguirre_2012, doi = {10.1002/gps.3823}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {may}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {28}, number = {3}, pages = {284--290}, author = {E. Aguirre and Z. Hoare and A. Streater and A. Spector and B. Woods and J. Hoe and M. Orrell}, title = {Cognitive stimulation therapy ({CST}) for people with dementia-who benefits most?}, journal = {Int J Geriatr Psychiatry} }


age factors, aged, aged, 80 and over, cognition, cognitive therapy, dementia, female, humans, male, methods, middle aged, physiology, physiopathology, quality of life, sex factors, therapy

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes

Cognition, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia


Community, Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention