Friday, 7 October 2016

Decreasing depression in caregivers of people with dementia

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Depression amongst those who care for people at home with dementia is a significant problem. The adverse effects of the burden and the stress of care can have adverse psychological consequences which, if they are not alleviated, can then have an adverse effect on the person with dementia: their carer will become unable to care for them. This problem is addressed in a study from Taiwan by Kuo et al. (2016) titled: 'A randomized controlled trial of a home-based training programme to decrease depression in family caregivers of persons with dementia' and published in JAN.

The aim of the study was: 'to explore distinct trajectories of caregivers’ depressive symptoms and the effects of a training programme on these trajectories over 18 months after the programme'. As explained by the authors: '(t)he experimental group received the training programme with telephone consultation and the control group received written educational materials and social telephone follow-ups'. The intervention worked to alleviate the depressive symptoms of the carers.  The authors concluded: 'The results of this study can provide a reference for healthcare providers who regularly deal with persons with dementia and their caregivers to identify high-risk groups and to reduce family caregivers’ depressive symptoms by providing the individualized family caregiver training programme. Our study can also serve as a model for future studies on trajectories and related interventions for family caregivers’ depressive symptoms.'

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Reference

KUO L.-M. , HUANG H.-L., L IANG J., KWOK Y.-T., HSU W.- C., SU P.- L. & SHYU Y.- I.L. (2016) A randomized controlled trial of a home-based training programme to decrease depression in family caregivers of persons with dementia. Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.13157

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