Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2020 May;29(2):114-122. 10.5807/kjohn.2020.29.2.114.

The Effect of Integrated Nursing using Cognicise and Neurofeedback

Affiliations
  • 1Assistant Professor, Seoul University of Buddhism, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Researcher, Neuroscience Research Institute, Seoul University of Buddhism, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
This study aimed to identify the effect of integrated nursing using cognicise and neurofeedback on cognition and ⍺ waves among elderly individuals.
Methods
This quasi-experimental single group pretest-posttest study included 29 Korean adults aged 65 years or older who participated at a senior welfare center in Y city from February to May 2019. Each integrated nursing session consisted of cognicise (10 minutes) and neurofeedback (20 minutes). Subjects participated twice a week for 10 weeks. Structured questionnaires to assess participants' general characteristics and the Korean version of the Mini-Mental Status Examination for Dementia Screening (K-MMSE-DS) were applied. Alpha waves were measured using BrainMaster.
Results
Following the integrated nursing program, alpha waves improved in F3 (t=2.41, p=.023), C3 (t=3.00, p=.006), C4 (t=2.60, p=.015), P3 (t=2.43, p=.022), O1 (t=2.30, p=.029), T3 (t=3.05, p=.005), T4 (t=2.28, p=.030), T5 (t=2.91, p=.007), Fz (t=2.30, p=.029), Cz (t=2.73, p=.011), and Pz (t=2.23, p=.034). Most subjects experienced improvement in concentration after participating in the intervention.
Conclusion
This study provides evidence for the use of a neuroscientific approach including brain wave measurement to improve cognitive health among community-living elderly people.

Keyword

Brain wave; Cognition; Elderly; Neurofeedback; Neuroscience
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