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Family Involvement in The Treatment Of a Mentally Ill Relative

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2008 by Lev-Hasharon Mental Healtlh Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : November 24, 2005
Last Update Posted : June 11, 2008
Information provided by:
Lev-Hasharon Mental Healtlh Center

Brief Summary:
  • Research demonstrates that the families of the seriously mentally ill are burdened by this caregiving role and by their responsibilities
  • Research also demonstrates that family interventions are effective and that they have a potential to reduce family burden, as well as to improve the condition of the mentally ill patients.
  • We assume that the sibling group intervention would be effective in reducing the family burden of the siblings, and that this reduction would be reflected in their replies to the "Experience of Caregiving Inventory".

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Families of Mentally Ill Behavioral: filling the "Experience of Caregiving Inventory" Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
  • The group for siblings is an intervention which is carried out in the outpatient clinic of Lev HaSharon Mental Health Center in cycles which last eight weeks;
  • Every group cycle will include between 10-14 participants, all siblings of persons with mental illness. The patients themselves (ill siblings) are either hospitalized in Lev HaSharon Mental Health Center, or are outpatients in the Lev HaSharon Mental Health Outpatient Unit, or in the community at large.
  • The group is an ongoing group: short term intensive group intervention in a dynamic orientation. Veteran participants of each cycle are welcome to re-join at following cycles, and at the same time new participants can join at the beginning of each cycle.
  • Participants will be asked to fill the "Experience of Caregiving Inventory" twice: first time before the first meeting of a particular cycle of sibling group and second time: after the last (eighth) meeting of this group cycle.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Family Involvement in The Treatment Of a Mentally Ill Relative
Study Start Date : November 2005
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 2008

Intervention Details:
  • Behavioral: filling the "Experience of Caregiving Inventory"
    8 weeks of group therapy for family members

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Score on the "Experience of Caregiving Inventory" following 8 weeks of participation in the group. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • siblings of persons with mental illness

Exclusion Criteria:

  • persons junior then 18 years old

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00258167

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Contact: Igor Oyffe, MD 972-8981248

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Lev-HasharonMHC Recruiting
Netanya, Israel, 42100
Contact: Igor Oyffe, MD    972-9-8981248   
Contact: Shuvit Melamed, MSW    +972-9-8981278   
Principal Investigator: Igor Oyffe, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Shuvit Melamed, MSW         
Sub-Investigator: Michal Ferkel, MSW         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lev-Hasharon Mental Healtlh Center
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Principal Investigator: Igor Oyffe, MD Lev-Hasharon Mental Healtlh Center
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Responsible Party: Dr. Igor Oyffe, Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center Identifier: NCT00258167    
Other Study ID Numbers: LH12/2005.CTIL
First Posted: November 24, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 11, 2008
Last Verified: June 2008
Keywords provided by Lev-Hasharon Mental Healtlh Center:
Family members
Illness burden
Mental Disorders
Family intervention