WHAT DID THE RESEARCHERS DO AND FIND?
The research team produced the iCST programme (including a manual, activity workbook, and materials such as maps and dominoes) in collaboration with people with dementia, carers, health care professionals, and experts.
The quantitative results showed that people with dementia receiving iCST did not benefit in terms of cognition or QOL.
However, people with dementia receiving iCST reported better relationship quality with their family carer. It was measured by Quality Caregiver/Patient Relationship for person with dementia. Carers delivering iCST had better quality of life at 26 weeks. Carers who completed more sessions had fewer depressive symptoms (6).
356 pairs of people with dementia and carers were recruited to a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT).
The qualitative findings indicate that iCST provided opportunities for general, intellectual stimulation and enjoyable activities (1).
" Yeah even though like things might not stay with me.. but it's brilliant" (Person with dementia), iCST "made my relative more alert" (Carer)
iCST enhanced the caregiving relationship from the person with dementia perspective.
“…You can get a laugh out of it, the barriers come down… We enjoyed that time together!. (Person with dementia)
Enhancing the caregiving relationship through iCST is an important and meaningful outcome for people with dementia. From a clinical perspective, reduction in depressive symptoms and improved QoL of the carer by means of a low-cost, non-drug intervention are worthwhile outcomes (6 & 7).