Guidelines and Recommendations
CST is recommended in numerous guidelines and endorsed by many leading organisations in the UK and beyond. Some examples are
The UK government NICE guidelines on dementia, November 2006 (10) state that:
"People with mild / moderate dementia of all types should be given the opportunity to participate in a structured group cognitive stimulation programme. This should be commissioned and provided by a range of health and social care workers with training and supervision. This should be delivered irrespective of any anti-dementia drug received by the person with dementia".
Cognitive stimulation is the only non-drug intervention to be recommended for cognitive symptoms and maintenance of function. This highlights the importance of CST being offered routinely in services. Alzheimer's Research UK (http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/treatments/) advocate the use of Cognitive Stimulation:
"The benefits of cognitive stimulation for people with dementia could include improvement in memory, thinking skills and quality of life."
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/sign86.pdf ) suggests that:
"Cognitive stimulation should be offered to individuals with dementia."
The World Alzheimer Report states that:
"CST should be routinely given to people with early stage dementia."
CST features in the 'standards' for the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP).