Telephone-Based Support for Caregivers of Patients With Dementia
The purpose of this study is to develop an effective, low-cost, telephone-based intervention to reduce anxiety, depression, and feelings of burden and stress in caregivers of patients with dementia. This study will also determine whether the intervention can alter the course of dementia.
Behavioral: Cognitive-Behavioral Family Systems Intervention
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers|
|Study Start Date:||December 2001|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Caregivers are randomized to receive either telephone-based intervention or standard medical care. Both groups receive a resource packet containing information about caring for someone with dementia and a list of local resources. Caregivers in the intervention group also receive a series of telephone calls over 12 months, during which education, emotional support, and training in problem-solving skills are provided by trained therapists. Caregivers in the standard care group receive no additional psychosocial intervention. Participants are assessed pre-treatment, mid-treatment (6 months), post-treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up.
|United States, Rhode Island|
|Rhode Island Hospital|
|Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903|