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Evid Based Nurs 3:25 doi:10.1136/ebn.3.1.25
  • Treatment

A behavioural intervention improved cognitive function and depression in elderly people in residential homes

Behavioural intervention by a geriatric mental health team v no intervention for elderly people in residential or nursing homes

Mean score (95% CI)
Outcomes at 6 months Intervention Control Adjusted mean score difference (CI)*
*Mean differences favour the intervention group and are adjusted for sex, age, and baseline scores. †Not significant.
Cognitive function 2.4 (1.5 to 3.2) 3.0 (2.6 to 3.5) −0.7 (−1.1 to –0.2)
Depression 0.5 (0.3 to 0.8) 0.9 (0.6 to 1.3) −0.5 (−0.8 to –0.1)
Behaviour 13.2 (7.6 to 18.8) 15.3 (12.6 to 18.1) −0.7 (−3.0 to 1.6)†
Functional disability 13.2 (9.5 to 16.9) 11.0 (9.0 to 13.0) −0.9 (−0.8 to 2.7)†

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