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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Simulated Presence Therapy for Dementia

Description of Resource: 
Simulated presence therapy (SPT), a type treatment that has been used mainly in nursing homes, involves playing a personalized video or audiotape recording of family members to the person with dementia when he or she is distressed or agitated. This Cochrane review aimed to assess the effects of SPT on behavioral and psychological symptoms and quality of life in people with dementia. It identified randomized or quasi-randomized controlled trials that evaluated the efficacy of SPT in people with any form of dementia. Because the trials were so different from each other, the researchers were not able to pool the results. Not enough high-quality research has been done to allow an assessment of whether SPT can help people with dementia who are distressed or agitated.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Dementias, Including Alzheimer's Disease
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Abraha I, Rimland JM, Lozano-Montoya I, Dell'Aquila G, Vélez-Díaz-Pallarés M, Trotta FM, Cruz-Jentoft AJ, Cherubini A. Simulated presence therapy for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD011882. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011882.pub2. Available from: