Comparing the Efficiency of Eight-Session Versus Four-Session Memory Intervention for Older Adults

Heather Becker, Graham J. McDougall, Nora E. Douglas, Kristopher L. Arheart

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Evidence that reduced treatment achieves similar outcomes is beneficial because shorter interventions may be more cost-effective and more acceptable to participants. We examined the effects of shortening a memory intervention for elders from eight sessions to four sessions. Shortening the intervention had little impact on either self-reported or performance measures of memory and daily living activities. Small to moderate effects were associated with positive changes in both groups. When examining cost-effectiveness, an eight-session intervention produced slightly greater gains in memory performance, but at a higher cost. Future studies should systematically vary key intervention components in more diverse samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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