The Savvy Caregiver Program: The Demonstrated Effectiveness of a Transportable Dementia Caregiver Psychoeducation Program
Counseling and Student Personnel
This article is about the trial of a transportable psychoeducation program for family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias that was based on a program developed and previously tested in an academic setting. Family caregivers were recruited by agencies in three states and invited to participate in a randomized trial of this six-session program. Questionnaires were administered prior to randomization and again 5 to 6 months later to assess program effect. A total of 52 caregivers completed both questionnaires (22 were in the wait-list control group). Experimental participants' scores on measures of mastery and distress were significantly better than control participants' scores at follow-up (Time 2 Results for this transported program showed benefits to caregivers com parable to those in the previous trials. The program demonstrated that it could be offered in a variety of settings and that it had benefit for caregivers.
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J., Wexler Sherman, C., & Lindstrom Bremer, K. (2007). The Savvy Caregiver Program: The Demonstrated Effectiveness of a Transportable Dementia Caregiver Psychoeducation Program. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 33(3), 30-36.
Publisher's Copyright and Source
Copyright © 2007 SLACK INCORPORATED. Article published by SLACK INCORPORATED in Journal of Gerontological Nursing, volume 33, issue number 3, March 2007, pages 30-36.
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