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Effective Strategies for Dementia Care (WISDE)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00653731
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 7, 2008
Last Update Posted : August 31, 2011
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Johann Behrens, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the interventions of Snoezelen, structured reminiscence therapy and 10-minutes activation are effective to reduce apathy in long term care residents with dementia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dementia Cognitive Impairment Behavioral: Snoezelen © Behavioral: structured reminiscence therapy Behavioral: 10-minutes activation Behavioral: Unstructured verbal communication Not Applicable

Detailed Description:


Cluster-randomized controlled trial with 20 nursing homes in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt (Germany).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 327 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Testing Three Interventions for Clinical Effectiveness in Long Term Care Residents With Dementia: Snoezelen, Structured Reminiscence Therapy, 10-minutes Activation. A Cluster-randomized Controlled Trial.
Study Start Date : February 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Dementia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Snoezelen © Behavioral: Snoezelen ©
Nursing individual intervention one time a week for 20 minutes

Experimental: Reminiscence Behavioral: structured reminiscence therapy
Individual nursing intervention: one time a week 20 minutes

Experimental: 10 min activation Behavioral: 10-minutes activation
Individual nursing intervention: two times a week for 10 minutes

Active Comparator: Talk Behavioral: Unstructured verbal communication
Individual nursing intervention: one time a week for 20 minutes

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Apathy Evaluation Scale (Marin et al. 1991) [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neuropsychiatric Inventory (Cummings 1997) [ Time Frame: 3, 6 and 12 months ]
  2. Apathy Evaluation Scale (Marin et al. 1991) [ Time Frame: 3 and 6 months ]
  3. Staff Observation Aggression Scale (Nijman et al. 1997) [ Time Frame: 3,6 and 12 months ]
  4. Nottingham Health Profile (Bureau-Chalot et al. 2002) staff-related measurement [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]
  5. Smiley Analogue Scale for Well-Being [ Time Frame: 3, 6 and 12 months ]
  6. PASTA (Zimber 2001) staff-related measurement [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Dementia
  • Informed consent by legal guardian
  • MMSE ≤ 24

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Korsakoff's syndrome
  • Age ≤ 55 years
  • Cognitive impairment other cause than dementia

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00653731

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Institut für Gesundheits- und Pflegewissenschaft, Medizinische Fakultät, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Halle, SAN, Germany, 06097
Sponsors and Collaborators
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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Principal Investigator: Johann Behrens, PhD Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Johann Behrens, Professor, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Identifier: NCT00653731    
Other Study ID Numbers: PfVMS-T6
First Posted: April 7, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 31, 2011
Last Verified: August 2011
Keywords provided by Johann Behrens, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg:
structured reminiscence therapy
10-minutes activation
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders