Evid Based Nurs 10:89 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.3.89
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An exercise programme led to a slower decline in activities of daily living in nursing home patients with Alzheimer’s disease

 Q In patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in nursing homes, does an exercise programme slow the decline in ability to do activities of daily of living (ADLs)?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (outcome assessors and {data analysts}*).

GraphicFollow up period:

12 months.


5 nursing homes in Toulouse, France.


134 patients who were 62–103 years of age (mean age 83 y, 75% women), met the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke/Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Association criteria for probable or possible AD, had lived in the nursing home for ⩾2 months, and were able to transfer from a chair and walk ⩾6 metres without human assistance. Exclusion criteria were vascular dementia or Parkinson’s disease, surgery in the coming year, cardiac condition …

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