A Home-based Training Program for Elderly Patients With Dementia

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Chang Gung Medical Foundation

Status

Completed

Conditions

Dementia

Treatments

Other: A home-based caregiver-training program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02667951
NSC 97-2420-H-182-002-MY3

Details and patient eligibility

About

The illness course and symptoms of dementia is usually very long and characterized with behavioral, psychological and physical changes. Family caregivers' stresses change during the illness trajectory as well. The purpose of this study is to compare the costs and effectiveness of two care models- home-based caregiver-training program model and routine care model for dementia elders in Taiwan.

Full description

The illness course and symptoms of dementia is usually very long and characterized with behavioral, psychological and physical changes. Family caregivers' stresses change during the illness trajectory as well. Thus, the needs of the elderly persons with dementia and their family caregivers differ in different stage of dementia, and the services they require are multidimensional. According to the researchers' previous 2-year study, behavioral problem management and service utilization were found to be the most difficult and least prepared caregiving activities and the family caregiver's needs for assistance of these two caregiving activities differed in different stage of dementia.The purpose of this study is to compare the costs and effectiveness of two care models- home-based caregiver-training program model and routine care model for dementia elders in Taiwan.

Enrollment

129 patients

Sex

All

Ages

65+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria:(patients)

  • diagnosed with dementia by a psychiatrist or neurologist
  • Age 65 years or older
  • living in a community of northern Taiwan
  • living in a home setting
  • scored >50 on the Chinese version Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI).

Exclusion Criteria:(patients)

  • diagnosed with critical illness.

Inclusion Criteria:(caregivers)

  • Primary caregiving responsibility and be at least 20 years old.

Exclusion Criteria:(caregivers)

  • diagnosed with critical illness.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

129 participants in 2 patient groups

Control group
No Intervention group
Description:
Caregivers received general information on dementia care and follow-up phone calls simply to maintain contact, but without any training for developing a behavioral problem-management plan and strategies.
Intervention group
Experimental group
Description:
Caregivers received solutions for managing behavioral problems, with referrals to community services and telephone consultation, further assurance and consultation were provided in monthly telephone follow-ups, and progress in behavior management was evaluated.
Treatment:
Other: A home-based caregiver-training program

Trial contacts and locations

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