Effect of reminiscence therapy on depression in older adults: A systematic review

Hsiu Fang Hsieh, Jing-Jy Wang

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The objective of this systematic review is to provide healthcare professionals with information to assist in their decision to utilize reminiscence therapy for depression reduction in older adults outside of the primary care setting. Nine reviewed studies that were randomized controlled trials not only varied in person, outcome measurement, control, and exposure/intervention, the results of these studies were also diverse. About half of these studies showed that reminiscence therapy resulted in statistical significantly decrease in depression. Despite that reminiscence therapy requires further testing, it should be considered as a valuable intervention. Future directions of studies on reminiscence therapy are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-345
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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