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Effectiveness of an intervention in groups of family caregivers of dependent patients for their application in primary health centers. Study protocol


Rodriguez-Sánchez, Emiliano, Mora-Simón, Sara, Porras-Santos, Nieves, Patino-Alonso, María C., Recio-Rodríguez, José I, Becerro-Muñoz, Concepción, Pérez-Arechaederra, Diana, Gómez-Marcos, Manuel A, García-Ortiz, Luis


BMC Public Health, Volume: 10, Pages.: 559-559

Year of Publication



Background: Although Primary Health Care (PHC) Teams are used to deal with prevention and treatment of sanitary problems in adults with chronic diseases, they usually have a lack of experience in development of psychotherapeutic interventions. However, these interventions are the ones that achieve better results to reduce symptomatology and improve emotional state of caregivers.The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention of psychotherapy in improving the mental health and Quality of life of caregivers. This intervention is based on theoretical approaches to care adjusted to cognitive theory, in order to be applied in primary health care centres.; Methods/design: This is multicentre clinical trials study, randomized in two parallel groups, carry out in two PHC, Study population: 150 caregivers will be included by consecutive sampling and they will be randomized the half to experimental group and the other half to control group. They provide mostly all the assistance to care-dependent familiars receiving attention in PHC Centers.; Measurements: Each caregiver will be evaluated on a personal interview. The caregivers’ assessment protocol: 1) Assessment of different socio-demographic related to care, and caregiver’s personal situation. 2)Care-dependent individuals will also be assessed by Barthel Index and Pfeiffer Questionnaire (SPMSQ). 3)Change in caregivers will be the principal measure: family function (Family APGAR Questionnaire), burden short questionnaire (Short Zarit Burden Interview), quality of life (Ruiz & Baca: 1993 Questionnaire), the Duke-UNK Functional Social Support Questionnaire, the General Health Questionnaire-12, and changes in Dysfunctional Thoughts about caring. 4) Intervention implementation measures will also be assessed.; Intervention: A psychotherapeutic intervention will be 8 sessions of 90 minutes in groups. This intervention has been initially developed for family caregivers of patients with dementia.; Discussion: Psychotherapeutic interventions have been proved to obtain better results to reduce symptomatology and improve emotional state of caregivers. Moreover, this intervention has been proved to be effective in a different setting other than PHC, and was developed by professionals of Mental Health. If we found that this intervention is effective in PHC and with our professionals, it would be an important instrument to offer to caregivers of care-dependent patients.; Trial Registration: Identifier NCT01177696.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Rodr_guez_S_nchez_2010, doi = {10.1186/1471-2458-10-559}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {sep}, publisher = {Springer Nature}, volume = {10}, number = {1}, author = {Emiliano Rodr{'{i}}guez-S{'{a}}nchez and Sara Mora-Sim{'{o}}n and Nieves Porras-Santos and Maria C Patino-Alonso and Jos{'{e}} I Recio-Rodr{'{i}}guez and Concepci{'{o}}n Becerro-Mu{~{n}}oz and Diana P{'{e}}rez-Arechaederra and Manuel A Gomez-Marcos and Luis Garcia-Ortiz}, title = {Effectiveness of an intervention in groups of family caregivers of dependent patients for their application in primary health centers. Study protocol}, journal = {{BMC} Public Health} }


caregivers, cognitive therapy, female, humans, intervention, male, mental health services, organization administration, primary health care, program evaluation, psychology, psychotherapeutic, quality of life, questionnaires, spain

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Carer Burden (instruments measuring burden), Carers’ Mental Health, Quality of Life of Carer


Primary Care

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions