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Aromatherapy for dementia

  1. Lene Thorgrimsen Forrester1,
  2. Nicola Maayan2,
  3. Martin Orrell3,
  4. Aimee E Spector4,
  5. Louise D Buchan5,
  6. Karla Soares-Weiser2,*

Editorial Group: Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group

Published Online: 25 FEB 2014

Assessed as up-to-date: 20 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003150.pub2


How to Cite

Forrester LT, Maayan N, Orrell M, Spector AE, Buchan LD, Soares-Weiser K. Aromatherapy for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003150. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003150.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Department of Anaesthesia, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, UK

  2. 2

    Enhance Reviews Ltd, Wantage, UK

  3. 3

    University College London, Mental Health Sciences Unit, London, UK

  4. 4

    University College, London, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, London, UK

  5. 5

    NHS Grampian, Department of Neuropsychology, Aberdeen, UK

*Karla Soares-Weiser, Enhance Reviews Ltd, Central Office, Cobweb Buildings, The Lane, Lyford, Wantage, OX12 0EE, UK. karla@enhance-reviews.com. ksoaresweiser@gmail.com.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 25 FEB 2014

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[Figure 1]
Figure 1. Study flow diagram.
[Figure 2]
Figure 2. Risk of bias graph: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item presented as percentages across all included studies.
[Figure 3]
Figure 3. Risk of bias summary: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item for each included study.
[Analysis 1.1]
Analysis 1.1. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 1 Agitation, mean change (CMAI, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.2]
Analysis 1.2. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 2 Agitation, mean change (NPI aberrant motor behaviour, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.3]
Analysis 1.3. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 3 Agitation, mean change (PAS, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.4]
Analysis 1.4. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 4 Agitation, mean change (NPI agitation/aggression, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.5]
Analysis 1.5. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 5 Behavioural symptoms, mean change (NPI, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.6]
Analysis 1.6. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 6 Behavioural symptoms, mean change (NPI, high score=bad).
[Analysis 1.7]
Analysis 1.7. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 7 Adverse effects.
[Analysis 1.8]
Analysis 1.8. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 8 Quality of life, mean change (Blau QOL Scale, high score=good).
[Analysis 1.9]
Analysis 1.9. Comparison 1 Aromatherapy versus placebo - changes from editor, Outcome 9 Activities of daily living, mean change (Barthel Scale of Activities of Daily Living, high score=good).