Computer-based cognitive training (CBCT) is receiving increased consideration in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as it has shown to ameliorate the progression of cognitive decline. A meta-analytic review of 17 studies with 494 participants was analyzed to examine the efficacy of CBCT interventions on delaying cognitive decline in participants with early stage AD. Studies were included if the participants had early stage AD or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); used a CBCT program; had a control condition present; the study targeted a delay in cognitive decline in cognitive functioning; and enough information was included in the study to calculate an effect size. The common effect size used in the review was Cohen’s d index. Results of the analysis showed a small effect size on delaying cognitive decline in participants with early stage AD or MCI. Overall, the findings of the review suggest that CBCT is an effective intervention that may delay cognitive decline in participants with early stage AD or MCI.
|Commitee:||Nestingen, Signe, Piccolino, Adam|
|School:||Saint Mary's University of Minnesota|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Alzheimer's disease, Computer training, Computer-based cognitive training, Meta-analysis|
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