The effect of physical activity on cognitive function in patients with dementia: A meta-analysis of randomized control trials.

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Abstract

Non-pharmacological therapies, such as physical activity interventions, are an appealing alternative or add-on to current pharmacological treatment of cognitive symptoms in patients with dementia. In this meta-analysis, we investigated the effect of physical activity interventions on cognitive function in dementia patients, by synthesizing data from 802 patients included in 18 randomized control trials that applied a physical activity intervention with cognitive function as an outcome measure. Post-intervention standardized mean difference (SMD) scores were computed for each study, and combined into pooled effect sizes using random effects meta-analysis. The primary analysis yielded a positive overall effect of physical activity interventions on cognitive function (SMD[95% confidence interval]=0.42[0.23;0.62], p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalAgeing Research Reviews
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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