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Computer-Based Cognitive Programs for Improvement of Memory, Processing Speed and Executive Function during Age-Related Cognitive Decline: A Meta-Analysis.

Shao YK, Mang J, Li PL, Wang J, Deng T, Xu ZX - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: The standardized mean difference (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of a random-effects model were calculated.The aggregated results indicate that CCP improves memory performance (SMD, 0.31; 95% CI 0.16 to 0.45; p < 0.0001) and processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007) but not executive function (SMD, -0.12; 95% CI -0.33 to 0.09; p = 0.27).However, more studies with longer follow-ups are warranted to confirm the current findings.

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Affiliation: Department of Neurology, China-Japan Union Hospital, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

ABSTRACT

Background: Several studies have assessed the effects of computer-based cognitive programs (CCP) in the management of age-related cognitive decline, but the role of CCP remains controversial. Therefore, this systematic review evaluated the evidence on the efficacy of CCP for age-related cognitive decline in healthy older adults.

Methods: Six electronic databases (through October 2014) were searched. The risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration tool. The standardized mean difference (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of a random-effects model were calculated. The heterogeneity was assessed using the Cochran Q statistic and quantified with the I2 index.

Results: Twelve studies were included in the current review and were considered as moderate to high methodological quality. The aggregated results indicate that CCP improves memory performance (SMD, 0.31; 95% CI 0.16 to 0.45; p < 0.0001) and processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007) but not executive function (SMD, -0.12; 95% CI -0.33 to 0.09; p = 0.27). Furthermore, there were long-term gains in memory performance (SMD, 0.59; 95% CI 0.13 to 1.05; p = 0.01).

Conclusion: CCP may be a valid complementary and alternative therapy for age-related cognitive decline, especially for memory performance and processing speed. However, more studies with longer follow-ups are warranted to confirm the current findings.

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Mentions: Processing speed is the ability to quickly process information. In total, 8 studies [14–16,22,24–27] assessed the effect of CCP on processing speed. There was no significant difference between CCP and control interventions in digit symbol subset (SMD, 0.04; 95% CI -0.20 to 0.29; p = 0.73, Fig 4) [14,15,24] but CCP demonstrated better effects in other assessment scales (SMD, 0.90; 95% CI 0.69 to 1.12; p < 0.00001, Fig 4) [22,25–27]. Furthermore, the aggregated results indicated that CCP were associated with significant improvements in processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007, Fig 4).


Computer-Based Cognitive Programs for Improvement of Memory, Processing Speed and Executive Function during Age-Related Cognitive Decline: A Meta-Analysis.

Shao YK, Mang J, Li PL, Wang J, Deng T, Xu ZX - PLoS ONE (2015)

Forest plot of the effect of computer-based cognitive programs in processing speed.
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pone.0130831.g004: Forest plot of the effect of computer-based cognitive programs in processing speed.
Mentions: Processing speed is the ability to quickly process information. In total, 8 studies [14–16,22,24–27] assessed the effect of CCP on processing speed. There was no significant difference between CCP and control interventions in digit symbol subset (SMD, 0.04; 95% CI -0.20 to 0.29; p = 0.73, Fig 4) [14,15,24] but CCP demonstrated better effects in other assessment scales (SMD, 0.90; 95% CI 0.69 to 1.12; p < 0.00001, Fig 4) [22,25–27]. Furthermore, the aggregated results indicated that CCP were associated with significant improvements in processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007, Fig 4).

Bottom Line: The standardized mean difference (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of a random-effects model were calculated.The aggregated results indicate that CCP improves memory performance (SMD, 0.31; 95% CI 0.16 to 0.45; p < 0.0001) and processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007) but not executive function (SMD, -0.12; 95% CI -0.33 to 0.09; p = 0.27).However, more studies with longer follow-ups are warranted to confirm the current findings.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Neurology, China-Japan Union Hospital, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

ABSTRACT

Background: Several studies have assessed the effects of computer-based cognitive programs (CCP) in the management of age-related cognitive decline, but the role of CCP remains controversial. Therefore, this systematic review evaluated the evidence on the efficacy of CCP for age-related cognitive decline in healthy older adults.

Methods: Six electronic databases (through October 2014) were searched. The risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration tool. The standardized mean difference (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of a random-effects model were calculated. The heterogeneity was assessed using the Cochran Q statistic and quantified with the I2 index.

Results: Twelve studies were included in the current review and were considered as moderate to high methodological quality. The aggregated results indicate that CCP improves memory performance (SMD, 0.31; 95% CI 0.16 to 0.45; p < 0.0001) and processing speed (SMD, 0.50; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.87; p = 0.007) but not executive function (SMD, -0.12; 95% CI -0.33 to 0.09; p = 0.27). Furthermore, there were long-term gains in memory performance (SMD, 0.59; 95% CI 0.13 to 1.05; p = 0.01).

Conclusion: CCP may be a valid complementary and alternative therapy for age-related cognitive decline, especially for memory performance and processing speed. However, more studies with longer follow-ups are warranted to confirm the current findings.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus