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No evidence of the efficacy of snoezelen or multi-sensory stimulation programmes for people with dementia

Chung JCC, Lai CKY
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

Snoezelen (or multi-sensory stimulation) has become a commonly used intervention to manage maladaptive behaviours and to promote positive mood of older people with dementia. Originally, two randomised clinical trials were available for this review. Some short-term benefits were documented in promoting adaptive behaviours in people with dementia during and immediately after their participation in the sessions. In this update, two new trials were included and revealed two different forms of applying snoezelen to dementia care. One is a session-based snoezelen programme while the other is a 24-hour integrated snoezelen care programme. Both trials did not show any significant effects on behaviour, interaction, and mood of people with dementia.

This record should be cited as: 
Chung JCC, Lai CKY. Snoezelen for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003152. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003152
Assessed as up to date: 
22 April 2008