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Long-term effects of group therapy for patients with mild cognitive impairment and their significant others: a 6- to 8-month follow-up study


Banningh, L. W. A. J.-W., Roelofs, S. C. F., Vernooij-Dassen, M. J. F. J., Prins, J. B., Rikkert, M. G. M. O., Kessels, R. P. C.


Dementia (London, England), Volume: 12, No.: 1, Pages.: 81-91

Year of Publication



The present study examines the long-term effects of a 10-session cognitive behavioural group therapy for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their significant others 6 to 8 months after completion of the intervention. Forty-seven MCI patients and 47 significant others participated in the follow-up assessment. Results of the RAND-36, Illness Cognition Questionnaire, IQCODE, GDS-15 and Sense of Competence Questionnaire at follow-up were compared with the post-intervention assessment. Our findings showed that the increased level of acceptance in the MCI patients was maintained at follow-up, with an increased insight into their cognitive decline compared with post-intervention assessment (p < 0.001). In both the patients and the significant others, helplessness and wellbeing were worse at follow up (p < 0.05), but sense of competence increased in the significant others (p < 0.05). These results indicate a need for extension of the support after completion of the program, for example by providing regular booster sessions.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Banningh_2011, doi = {10.1177/1471301211420332}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {oct}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {12}, number = {1}, pages = {81--91}, author = {L. W. A. J.-W. Banningh and S. C. F. Roelofs and M. J. F. J. Vernooij-Dassen and J. B. Prins and M. G. M. O. Rikkert and R. P. C. Kessels}, title = {Long-term effects of group therapy for patients with mild cognitive impairment and their significant others: A 6- to 8-month follow-up study}, journal = {Dementia} }


affect, aged, cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive therapy, educational status, female, group therapy, humans, male, methods, mild cognitive impairment, psychology, psychotherapy group, questionnaires, rehabilitation, sex distribution, significant others, social distance, spouses, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes

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

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers, Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Behavioural Therapies

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training