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A home-based training program improves Taiwanese family caregivers’ quality of life and decreases their risk for depression: a randomized controlled trial


Kuo, Li-Min, Huang, Huei-Ling, Huang, Hsiu-Li, Liang, Jersey, Chiu, Yi-Chen, Chen, Sien-Tsong, Kwok, Yam-Ting, Hsu, Wen-Chuin, Shyu, Yea-Ing L.


International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 28, No.: 5, Pages.: 504-513

Year of Publication



Objectives: Little is known about the longitudinal effects of training programs on family caregivers’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depressive symptoms over time. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a home-based caregiver training program on HRQoL and depressive symptoms for family caregivers of older persons with dementia.; Methods: Outcomes (caregivers’ HRQoL and depressive symptoms) were assessed before the training program (baseline), and at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months afterwards. HRQoL was measured using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Survey, Taiwan version. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Chinese version Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale.; Results: Family caregivers who received the individualized home-based training program had better health outcomes in bodily pain (b = 12.37, p < 0.013), role disability due to emotional problems (b = 17.74, p < 0.013), vitality (b = 12.40, p < 0.001), better mental summary score (b = 5.14, p < 0.003), and decreased risk for depression (odds ratio = 0.15, confidence interval = 0.04-0.65, p < 0.013) than those in the control group during the 6 months following the training program.; Conclusion: Our home-based caregiver training program improved caregivers' HRQoL, especially role limitations due to emotional problems, and decreased their risk for depression.; Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Kuo_2012, doi = {10.1002/gps.3853}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {jul}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {28}, number = {5}, pages = {504--513}, author = {Li-Min Kuo and Huei-Ling Huang and Hsiu-Li Huang and Jersey Liang and Yi-Chen Chiu and Sien-Tsong Chen and Yam-Ting Kwok and Wen-Chuin Hsu and Yea-Ing L. Shyu}, title = {A home-based training program improves Taiwanese family caregivers{textquotesingle} quality of life and decreases their risk for depression: a randomized controlled trial}, journal = {Int J Geriatr Psychiatry} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, caregivers, consumer satisfaction, dementia, depressive disorder, education, education nonprofessional, female, health status, humans, male, nursing, organization administration, prevention & control, program evaluation, psychology, quality of life, risk factors, taiwan

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Quality of Life of Carer


Extra Care Housing

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training