Home-Based Therapy Helps Older Adults With Depression, MCI.

A home-delivered problem-solving intervention reduces depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in homebound older adults, who often have few treatment options.

In a randomized controlled trial, problem adaptation therapy (PATH) proved more efficacious than supportive therapy for the cognitively impaired (ST-CI) in reducing depression and disability.

“Problem adaptation therapy was more efficacious than ST-CI in reducing depression and disability. Problem adaptation therapy may provide relief to a large group of depressed and cognitively impaired older adults who have few treatment options,” the authors, led by Dimitris N. Kiosses, PhD, of the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry in White Plains, New York, write.

The study was published online November 5 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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