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A trial of dementia caregiver telephone support


Martindale-Adams, Jennifer, Nichols, Linda O., Burns, Robert, Graney, Marshall J., Zuber, Jeffrey


The Canadian Journal Of Nursing Research = Revue Canadienne De Recherche En Sciences Infirmières, Volume: 45, No.: 4, Pages.: 30-48

Year of Publication



The purpose of this study was to determine if telephone support groups for dementia caregivers have an effect on bother with patient behaviours, burden, depression, and general well-being. The randomized controlled trial compared telephone support groups (15 groups of 5 or 6 caregivers) with control groups (print materials). Groups met 14 times over 1 year. The 1-hour sessions included content on education, coping skills, and support. Data were collected at baseline and at 6 and 12 months. The sample comprised 154 caregivers, 77 per arm, providing care to veterans with dementia or a veteran caregiver. Bother was found to differ significantly at baseline. There were no significant treatment effect differences between study arms. Participants anecdotally reported improvement. It was concluded that telephone support groups are an efficient way to interact with caregivers. Further research should test different models of care. Interventions that are targeted to specific needs or occur frequently may provide better support for caregivers of individuals with a worsening condition.;


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, caregivers, depression, female, humans, male, middle aged, nursing, psychology, social support, stress, psychological, telephone

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Carer Burden (instruments measuring burden)


Extra Care Housing

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Information and Advice, Other