A Pilot Study of Interactive-Video Games in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Yu Fang Lin, Megan F. Liu, Mu Hsing Ho, Yen Kuang Lin, Yu Ling Hsiao, Ming Hsu Wang, Chia Chi Chang, Jed Montayre

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Abstract

Early preventive strategies for improving cognitive function are crucial for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Cognitive training exercises may improve cognitive functioning. However, there was limited evidence from training programs that combined cognitive-specific and physical activities, particularly in using interactive video games as interventions. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effects of the interactive-video games on cognitive function, physical function, mood status and quality of life in community-dwelling people with MCI. A quasi-experimental study was undertaken. Participants in the intervention group received 60 min group-based training program once per week for 12 weeks. A generalised estimating equation (GEE) was used to examine the main effect, interactions and changes in outcomes over time. Sixteen participants completed the trial with eight in the intervention group and eight in the comparison group. The tolerable acceptance rate, perfect attendance rate, high satisfaction with the training content, and no injuries or falls demonstrated the feasibility of this program. The scores of cognitive function increased in both groups and the interaction between time and groups were significant over 12 weeks of training (p < 0.05). As the result, we determined that interactive-video games can be a safe, feasible, enjoyable intervention and user-friendly among people with MCI in community settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3536
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2022

Keywords

  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Feasibility studies
  • Independent living
  • Video games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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