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Evaluation of a brief educational program for dementia carers: the AENEAS study


Kurz, Alexander, Wagenpfeil, Stefan, Hallauer, Johannes, Schneider-Schelte, Helga, Jansen, Sabine


International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 25, No.: 8, Pages.: 861-869

Year of Publication



Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a practical, easily implemented, educational intervention in group format for informal carers of persons with dementia.; Methods: Multi-centre, randomised, controlled, single-blind trial involving 292 family caregivers of patients with moderate dementia in Alzheimer’s disease.; Results: Participants valued program components which had a practical impact on their caring role. The intervention achieved minor effects on the participants’ psychological quality of life and did not reduce carer depression. It was also not associated with a lower rate of patient nursing home admissions. A subgroup analysis suggested that the intervention actually promoted the decision for nursing home placement in caregivers who were over-burdened and not coping well when they entered the study.; Conclusion: To improve dementia carer support, educational components might be intergrated into more comprehensive and individualised interventions which include problem solving and behavioural management strategies, ensure the transfer of newly acquired skills into the everyday context, and adequately deal with the emotional consequences of the caring role.; Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Kurz_2009, doi = {10.1002/gps.2428}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {nov}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {25}, number = {8}, pages = {861--869}, author = {Alexander Kurz and Stefan Wagenpfeil and Johannes Hallauer and Helga Schneider-Schelte and Sabine Jansen}, title = {Evaluation of a brief educational program for dementia carers: The {AENEAS} Study}, journal = {Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, ambulatory care facilities, caregivers, dementia, depression, diagnosis, education, female, health education, humans, logistic models, male, methods, middle aged, nursing, nursing homes, patient admission, program evaluation, psychology, quality of life, statistics & numerical data, utilization

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Quality of Life of Carer, Service use or cost reductions (incl. hospital use reduction, care home admission delay)



Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training