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Reducción del malestar psicológico y de la sobrecarga en familiares cuidadores de enfermos de Alzheimer mediante la aplicación de un programa de entrenamiento en mindfulness (conciencia plena). = Reducing psychological discomfort and overload in Alzheimer’s family caregivers through a mindfulness meditation program


Franco, Clemente, Sola, María del Mar, Justo, Eduardo


Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología, Volume: 45, No.: 5, Pages.: 252-258

Year of Publication



Introduction: This study analyzes the effects that a mindfulness development meditation program has on psychological discomfort and overload in main family caregivers of Alzheimer dementia patients. Material and methods: A quasi-experimental (group comparison) design with pretest/post-test/follow-up measurements was employed in an experimental and a control group. The evaluation instruments used were the SCL-90-R Questionnaire and the Caregiver Overload Scale. Results: The statistical analyses done show a significant reduction in the three general indices and in the various dimensions of psychological discomfort, as well as in the caregiver overload variable in the experimental group compared to the control group at the end of the intervention. However, the improvements found in the experimental group were lower in the follow-up evaluation done four months after intervention, with significantly higher scores than in post-test in all the dimensions. Conclusions: These results are in agreement with other studies in which it was found that intervention for Alzheimer caregivers is effective in the short term, but the effect becomes diluted over time, so measurements and policies for these caregivers have to enable the beneficial effects of intervention reducing psychological discomfort and overload to be maintained. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Franco_2010, doi = {10.1016/j.regg.2010.03.006}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {sep}, publisher = {Elsevier {BV}}, volume = {45}, number = {5}, pages = {252--258}, author = {Clemente Franco and Mar{'{i}}a del Mar Sola and Eduardo Justo}, title = {Reducci{'{o}}n del malestar psicol{'{o}}gico y de la sobrecarga en familiares cuidadores de enfermos de Alzheimer mediante la aplicaci{'{o}}n de un programa de entrenamiento en Mindfulness (conciencia plena)}, journal = {Revista Espa{~{n}}ola de Geriatr{'{i}}a y Gerontolog{'{i}}a} }


alzheimer’s disease, caregiver burden, caregivers, dementia, meditation, mental health programs, mindfulness

Countries of Study


Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

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

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers