A randomized, controlled study of an Alzheimer's caregiver skills training program

Kristin Martin-Cook, Barbara A. Davis, Linda S. Hynan, Myron F. Weiner

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Abstract

This study was an attempt to improve the quality of the relationship between dementia caregivers and their loved ones by decreasing the gap between caregivers' expectations and patients' actual functional abilities and by teaching supportive skills. Although a group of 49 caregiver-patient dyads were recruited, the outcome measures of only those dyads (47) that completed the week seven session were used for analysis. Half of the dyads were randomized to an intervention group and the other half to a waiting list. The intervention group (N = 24) completed a four-session caregiver training program in which caregivers first watched investigators administering to their loved ones the Texas Functional Living Scale and later progressed to helping their loved ones by appropriate cueing to perform the tasks involved. Comparisons were made between baseline scores, scores at seven weeks, and scores at the end of 17 weeks on the congruence between caregiver estimates and patients' actual performance on the Independent Living Scale and measures of cognition, function, preillness quality of relationship, caregiver mood, feeling of self-efficacy, and several other measures. We were not able to increase the congruence between caregiver estimates and patients' actual performance and found no change in any other measure. We did find the expected relationship between depression and caregiver sense of self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Caregiver training
  • Expectations
  • Patient performance
  • Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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