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Cognitive rehabilitation multi-family group intervention for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and their care-partners


Schmitter-Edgecombe, Maureen, Dyck, Dennis G.


Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Volume: 20, No.: 9, Pages.: 897-908

Year of Publication



There is increasing need for early, pro-active programs that can delay dementia diagnosis and enhance well-being of individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their care-partners (i.e., care-dyads). This randomized controlled trial evaluated the efficacy of a combined cognitive rehabilitation and multi-family group treatment (CR-MFG) that was designed to facilitate adoption of newly learned cognitive strategies into the care-dyads everyday lives. Analyzed data included 23 care-dyads who participated in CR-MFG treatment and 23 care-dyads in standard care (SC). The 3-month intervention consisted of individual joining sessions, an educational workshop, and 20/twice weekly multifamily memory strategy training and problem-solving sessions. Everyday functioning, memory, and psychological functioning (i.e., quality-of-life, depression, coping) were assessed. The CR-MFG intervention was associated with significant post-test group differences and improved post-test performances by the MCI participants on performance-based measures of everyday functioning and neuropsychological tests of memory. There was also some suggestion that CR-MFG care-partners perceived positive change in the everyday functioning of the MCI participants. In contrast, no post-test group differences were found for either care-dyad member on the self-report psychological measures; care-partners in the treatment group did self-report improved coping behaviors at post-test. These 3-month results are preliminary but suggestive that CR-MFG may produce modest, practical everyday functional benefits for persons with MCI. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Schmitter_Edgecombe_2014, doi = {10.1017/s1355617714000782}, url = {}, year = 2014, month = {sep}, publisher = {Cambridge University Press ({CUP})}, volume = {20}, number = {09}, pages = {897--908}, author = {Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and Dennis G. Dyck}, title = {Cognitive Rehabilitation Multi-family Group Intervention for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Their Care-Partners}, journal = {Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society} }


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Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Carer Burden (instruments measuring burden), Cognition, Depression and Anxiety, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia



Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention, Other