Dementia_eResearchers from the University of Leeds, in the UK reviewed the options for caregivers of patients with dementia.

First, the details.

  • 33 studies were identified; 25 were judged to be high or good quality.
  • Studies were characterized by weak study designs with small numbers of patients.

And, the results.

  • Treatments that were effective for use with particular symptoms of dementia.
    • Music or music therapy
    • Hand massage
    • Gentle touch
    • Physical activity/exercise

The bottom line?

The authors believe that caregivers should make the most of these options.

For treatments that require more structured activities, healthcare professionals should facilitate a patient’s participation.

12/20/09 20:49 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.