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Intervention Program to Improve Executive Functions and Enhance Planning Abilities of Patients With Mild Neurocognitive Disorder

Fukuta, Daisuke RN, PhD1; Mori, Chizuru RN, PhD2

doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000124
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Purpose The aim of this study was to examine the effects of an intervention program to improve executive functions and enhance the planning abilities of patients with mild neurocognitive disorder.

Design A pilot intervention study.

Methods Ten inpatients performed an intervention program based on Lezak’s conceptual model that teaches task-specific routines. The program consisted of six training sessions presented over a 2-week period. Neuropsychological assessments were performed pre- and postintervention.

Findings The postintervention scores of the Behavioral Assessment of Dysexecutive Syndrome Total Profile and two subtests were significantly higher than the preintervention scores. The instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale and the Visual Analog Scale were significantly improved.

Conclusion This intervention program leads to improvement in the executive function of planning ability and promotes independence and self-confidence in patients with mild neurocognitive disorder.

Clinical Relevance Clinicians should consider the program in terms of improving the executive dysfunction, and the process of planning and the process of actual practice are important.

1 Nursing Department, University of Tsukuba Hospital, Tsukuba, Japan

2 Division of Health Innovation and Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Correspondence: Daisuke Fukuta, Nursing Department, University of Tsukuba Hospital, 2-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8576, Japan. E-mail: dfukuta1112@gmail.com

Cite this article as: Fukuta, D., & Mori, C. (2019). Intervention program to improve executive functions and enhance planning abilities of patients with mild neurocognitive disorder. Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(5), 263–270. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000124

Online date: January 4, 2018

© 2019 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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