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Goal-setting in cognitive rehabilitation for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease


Clare, Linda, Evans, Suzannah, Parkinson, Caroline, Woods, Robert, Linden, David


Clinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health, Volume: 34, No.: 3, Pages.: 220-236

Year of Publication



This article draws upon findings from a recent randomized controlled trial of cognitive rehabilitation to consider the extent to which people with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease (n = 69) were able to identify individual rehabilitation goals, and what kinds of goals were important to them. For those assigned to receive cognitive rehabilitation (n = 22), we further examine the nature of the goals selected as the basis for therapy, and analyze within-group results with regard to efficacy. All participants were able to identify goals and to rate their performance and satisfaction with performance. Participants assigned to cognitive rehabilitation worked on selected goals, and clinically significant improvements in performance and satisfaction ratings for these goals were corroborated by therapist ratings and goal attainment indicators. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Clare_2011, doi = {10.1080/07317115.2011.555937}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {mar}, publisher = {Informa {UK} Limited}, volume = {34}, number = {3}, pages = {220--236}, author = {Linda Clare and Suzannah Evans and Caroline Parkinson and Robert Woods and David Linden}, title = {Goal-Setting in Cognitive Rehabilitation for People with Early-Stage Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease}, journal = {Clinical Gerontologist} }


alzheimer’s disease, cognitive, cognitive rehabilitation, goal setting, goalsetting, rehabilitation

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Satisfaction with care/services

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Behavioural Therapies