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

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

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume22
Issue number2
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StatePublished - Apr 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Comparing the Efficiency of Eight-Session Versus Four-Session Memory Intervention for Older Adults. / Becker, Heather; McDougall, Graham J.; Douglas, Nora E.; Arheart, Kristopher.

In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.04.2008, p. 87-94.

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Becker, Heather ; McDougall, Graham J. ; Douglas, Nora E. ; Arheart, Kristopher. / Comparing the Efficiency of Eight-Session Versus Four-Session Memory Intervention for Older Adults. In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 2008 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 87-94.
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