ACT for Carers of People With Dementia
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02991183|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 13, 2016
Last Update Posted : August 22, 2017
Background: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapy that helps people to notice and accept difficult thoughts and emotions. ACT also helps people to identify what they value in life (e.g. a good relationship with their partner) and make changes to their behaviour to promote these values. Carers of people with dementia may experience reduced wellbeing associated with their role. Those whose wellbeing is greater than previously are said to be 'flourishing'.
Aim: The aim of this feasibility study is to evaluate the potential value of ACT as a group intervention for carers of people with dementia.
Methods: Participants will include adult carers of people with dementia. Study participants will be identified from two older people community mental health teams. Informed consent will be sought prior to group invitations being sent out. There will be two groups in total (12 in each group) and both groups will attend three 2.5 hour sessions of ACT. All participants will complete questionnaires at the beginning and 21 days later (asking questions about their thoughts and feelings, flourishing and about being a carer). Eight group participants will be invited to a focus group to understand what they found more helpful and less helpful.
Applications: Results from this study will potentially provide useful information to enable a further study with more participants to be conducted. The outcomes of this study will be shared with older people community mental health teams, dementia and carer specialist groups and potentially published in a relevant journal.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Dementia||Behavioral: ACT||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||18 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||A Feasibility Study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Promote the Wellbeing of Carers of People With Dementia|
|Actual Study Start Date :||February 17, 2017|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||April 21, 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||August 17, 2017|
Experimental: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Two half day (2.5 hours) group ACT sessions delivered one week apart followed by a third session 2 weeks following the second session.
A psychological therapy to help people i) notice and accept difficult thoughts and emotions; ii) identify what they value in life and iii) make changes to their behaviour to promote these values.
- Number of participants recruited and retained to study completion [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
- Well-being [ Time Frame: Time 0 and week 4 ]Change in score from Mental Health Continuum Short Form questionnaire
- Acceptability [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]Qualitative responses to Acceptability questionnaire devised by research team
- Fidelity [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]Fidelity of the intervention to the ACT approach (measure developed by research team)
- Psychological Flexibility [ Time Frame: Time 0 and week 4 ]Change in score from Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II
- Psychological Flexibility in Caregivers [ Time Frame: Time 0 and week 4 ]Change in score from Experiential Avoidance in Caregiving Questionnaire
- Caregiver Burden [ Time Frame: Time 0 and week 4 ]Change in score from Caregiver Burden Scale
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02991183
|NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde|
|Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|Principal Investigator:||Hamish McLeod, PhD||University of Glasgow|