Review of Simulated Presence Therapy for BPSD (Cochrane Database)


Simulated Presence Therapy (SPT) is any type of intervention which uses video or audiotape recordings of family members presented to persons with dementia, and is viewed by some to be a possible approach to treating the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

This systematic review assessed the efficacy of SPT as an intervention for reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms and / or improving the quality of life for people with dementia living in care homes.

The researchers were unable to draw any firm conclusions. As usually happens, this Cochrane Review points to the need for more well-conducted research and reminds the reader of how much we don’t yet know.

Full Text Link


Abraha, I. Rimland, JM. [and] Lozano-Montoya, I. [et al] (2017). Simulated presence therapy for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. April 18th 2017; 4: CD011882. [Epub ahead of print].

There is also an Executive Summary.

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