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Effectiveness of a recovery‐orientated psychiatric intervention package on the wellbeing of people with early dementia: A preliminary randomised controlled trial


Jha, Arun, Jan, Farida, Gale, Tim, Newman, Charmaine


International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 28, No.: 6, Pages.: 589-596

Year of Publication



Objective: To investigate whether recovery-orientated psychiatric assessment and therapeutic intervention enhances the wellbeing of people with dementia and their family carers. Methods: In a preliminary randomised controlled trial, 48 people with early dementia were recruited. Of 34 who completed the trial, 17 were in the recovery and 17 in the treatment as usual group. Recovery participants received a recovery-focused pre-diagnostic wellbeing assessment and counselling, diagnostic consultation with written feedback and post-diagnostic support over a period of 6 months using the WHO Wellbeing Index as the primary measure, and Mini Mental State Examination, Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia, EUROQOL and Zarit Burden Interview as secondary outcome measures. Results: People in the recovery group showed a significant improvement in the WHO Wellbeing Index (18.3 for recovery vs 9.46 for treatment as usual; t = −2.28, p = 0.03), with trends of improvement in other outcome measures. Conclusions: This trial shows that a recovery-focused diagnostic consultation and post-diagnostic support enhance the wellbeing of people with mild cognitive impairment and early dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Jha_2012, doi = {10.1002/gps.3863}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {jul}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {28}, number = {6}, pages = {589--596}, author = {Arun Jha and Farida Jan and Tim Gale and Charmaine Newman}, title = {Effectiveness of a recovery-orientated psychiatric intervention package on the wellbeing of people with early dementia: a preliminary randomised controlled trial}, journal = {Int J Geriatr Psychiatry} }


caregivers, dementia, early dementia, family carers, intervention, package, people wellbeing, psychatric, psychiatric intervention, recoveryoriented, therapeutic intervention, therapeutic processes, well being, wellbeing

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers, Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions


Carer Focussed Interventions