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Evaluating the Carter Institute Caregiver Education Program at the VA

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00271375
First received: December 29, 2005
Last updated: September 30, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

December 29, 2005
September 30, 2014
October 2005
August 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
to evaluate user satisfaction with and perceived utility of the "Caring for You, Caring for Me" caregiver educational program among formal (VHA staff) and informal (family) caregivers who undergo the program [ Time Frame: 18 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • 1.To evaluate user satisfaction with and perceived utility of the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” caregiver educational program among formal (VHA staff) and informal (family) caregivers who undergo the program;
  • 2. To assess effects of the program upon psychosocial and physical well-being of informal caregivers over a 1-year period,
  • 3. To estimate effects of the program upon health status and service utilization of veterans whose family caregivers undergo the caregiver intervention.
  • 4. To determine whether an augmentation of the program, using structured follow-up to help caregivers apply program principles and knowledge, enhances its effects upon outcomes to caregivers and veterans
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  • 1. To lay a foundation for widespread implementation of the program, including feasibility, cost, and health utility gains for informal caregivers
  • 2. To explore characteristics of veterans and their family caregivers that influence immediate and long-range outcomes of the intervention.
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Evaluating the Carter Institute Caregiver Education Program at the VA
Evaluating the Carter Institute Caregiver Education Program at the VA

This project will implement and evaluate the Rosalyn Carter Institute's (RCI's) educational and support program for caregivers, "Caring for You, Caring for Me." Specifically, it will examine effects of the program upon family caregivers to older adults in the Atlanta area and elderly veterans receiving outpatient primary care at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

This project will implement and evaluate the Rosalyn Carter Institute's (RCI's) educational and support program for caregivers, "Caring for You, Caring for Me." Specifically, it will examine effects of the program upon family caregivers to older adults in the Atlanta area and elderly veterans receiving outpatient primary care at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

Thus, this project has the potential not only to enhance the VA's complement of services for older veterans and their families, but also to demonstrate clearly the strengths of the RCI program.

Primary objectives of the research are:

  1. to evaluate user satisfaction with and perceived utility of the "Caring for You, Caring for Me" caregiver educational program among formal (VHA staff) and informal (family) caregivers who undergo the program;
  2. to assess effects of the program upon psychosocial and physical well-being of informal caregivers over a 1-year period,
  3. to estimate effects of the program upon health status and service utilization of veterans whose family caregivers undergo the caregiver intervention, and
  4. to determine whether an augmentation of the program, using structured follow-up to help caregivers apply program principles and knowledge, enhances its effects upon outcomes to caregivers and veterans.

The project has two secondary objectives, designed to build a foundation for further research by elucidating selected processes and effects of the intervention upon caregivers' and veterans' well-being. They are:

  1. To lay a foundation for widespread implementation of the program, including feasibility, cost, and health utility gains for informal caregivers, and
  2. To explore characteristics of veterans and their family caregivers that influence immediate and long-range outcomes of the intervention.
Interventional
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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Caregivers
Behavioral: Caring For You, Caring For Me
5-week Education and Support Program for Caregivers of older adults.
Arm 1
Educational Intervention
Intervention: Behavioral: Caring For You, Caring For Me
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
195
October 2009
August 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Family members of veterans aged 65+ years and receiving care through the Atlanta VAMC's Clinic and Atlanta area.
  • Must be the primary caregiver to someone 55 and over.
  • Must have been assisting with at least one activity of daily living (ADL) for at least 6 months prior to beginning the intervention.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Caregivers are automatically excluded if veteran has a terminal illness with six months or less to live.
Both
55 Years and older
No
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT00271375
E4044-R, IRB 2005-050240, IRB 278-2005
No
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
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Department of Veterans Affairs
September 2014

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