Effect of doll therapy on wandering symptoms in patients with dementia: A preliminary clinical observation

Lijuan Wang, Qin Song, Yaping Pan, Zongli Zhang, Cuicui Zhai, Zhongwei Guo


Wandering is a neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, and it is associated with adverse consequences. Doll therapy (DT) is a non-drug intervention for reducing distressing behaviors among people with dementia. The current study was conducted to determine the effects of DT on wandering in patients with dementia. A one-group including 40 patients with severe dementia was included to measure the impact of DT. The Chinese Revised Algase Wandering Scale-Community Version (CRAWS-CV) was used to evaluate patients each weekend. Results revealed that patients exhibited a clear improvement in CRAWS-CV scores over 4 weeks, especially eloping behavior, meal time walking, pacing, random pattern and aimless pattern scores. The current findings indicate that DT is beneficial for dementia patients with wandering.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v12n9p33

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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